President Nicos Anastasiades and President Mustafa Akinci held a meeting today and agreed on procedures to be followed during the negotiations. The meeting was shorter than anticipated following the death of President Akinci’s sister-in-law.
President Anastasiades said that the meeting had been productive but no substantive issues had been discussed. He noted however, that the two leaders had agreed on the range of topics that required attention.
“We agreed that there are significant pending issues that need to be addressed, there are issues that need to be discussed even more intensely, we need to review progress so far, and discuss issues that require technical support so that they can be enforced from day one if agreement is reached,” he said.
UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide attended the meeting and said that after speaking with President Anastasiades on Thursday, a number of important investors were now looking at Cyprus. He encouraged both leaders to “sell the story” of a united Cyprus in order to attract foreign investors.
The leaders are scheduled to meet again on 8 and 26 February.