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Talks were constructive: Anastasiades

2 May 2017

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci held a four-hour-long meeting in in the UN buffer zone today.

According to Anastasiades, the meeting was “constructive”.

The two leaders will meet face to face again on May 10 in the presence of a representative of EU President Jean Claude Juncker.

Regarding rumours about an upcoming Cyprus conference in Geneva, Anastasiades said there are still many issues outstanding that need to be discussed thoroughly.

If all deadlines are exhausted and if such a progress is recorded that would justify a new Geneva (meeting) then why not,” he added.

On imminent gas and oil exploration by international energy companies within [South] Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, the President said postponement is out of the question. And that such a discussion is not on the table at the ongoing negotiations, despite repeated provocations by Turkey, which opposes such an activity in full violation of the Republic of Cyprus’ sovereign rights.

Turkey has maintained its troops in the North since the 1974 military intervention.

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