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Leaders’ meeting cancelled

22 February 2017

Thursday’s meeting between President Akinci and President Anastasiades has been called off because President Akinci has refused to attend, south Cyprus government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has said.

Unfortunately, we have just been informed by the UN that, due to the Turkish Cypriot leader’s refusal to attend, tomorrow’s scheduled meeting will not take place,” Christodoulides tweeted.

The meeting had been been in doubt, following an angry meeting last week, when an irate Anastasiades was said to have stormed out of the room to smoke, a move Akinci found disrespectful enough for him to leave the meeting altogether.

The United Nations’ Special Representative for Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, had undertaken efforts on Tuesday to repair the damage, meeting with Akinci and Anastasiades, but without bringing any results.

I spoke with Mr Akinci [on Tuesday] and just met with Mr Anastasiades,” she said on Wednesday morning.

I will be speaking shortly with our special advisor, Mr Eide, and so I have nothing to say for the moment.”

After Anastasiades’ meeting with Spehar, Christodoulides said this was a “very negative development”.

Cyprus Mail

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