President Mustafa Akinci met with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar on Monday.
Presidential spokesman Baris Burcu and Special Advisor for Diplomacy and EU Affairs Erhan Ercin were also present at the meeting which focused on the informal meeting between the two leaders set to take place this coming Monday on 16 April.
Next Monday evening’s social meeting will be the first time that the two leaders will be coming together since the Cyprus negotiations ended in failure in Crans-Montana, Switzerland last July.
Akinci has repeatedly stated that the aim of the informal meeting will be to listen to what the Greek Cypriot leader has to say regarding the future of the island and in no way constitutes the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting which lasted for nearly an hour, Spehar said that she had a very good meeting with Akinci during which they discussed the upcoming social meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades.
Stating that she will be holding a similar meeting with President Anastasiades this week, Spehar reminded that next Monday night’s informal meeting will be the first time the two leaders will be getting together since the talks collapsed last summer.
“We, as the UN, are extremely happy to be hosting this dinner. We think it will be a good opportunity for the two gentlemen to meet face to face and to discuss the issues.” she said.
Meanwhile, President Akinci also met with the US Ambassador to Cyprus, Kathleen Doherty. The latest developments on the Cyprus problem were discussed during the meeting.
No statements were issued before or after the meeting.