June 29th, 2015 13:43 EST
UN Praises Positive Climate of Cyprus Talks
Substantive negotiations between the leaders of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities are continuing amid a positive and results-oriented atmosphere, " the United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, has confirmed.
In a statement released earlier today, Mr. Eide reported that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa AkÃ½ncÃ½, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades, were now focused on unresolved core issues " related to governance, property, and criteria on territory, as they both continued their pursuit of a comprehensive settlement for the political situation facing the Mediterranean island.
Mr. AkÃ½ncÃ½ and Mr. Anastasiades discussed those issues at length in a pragmatic and constructive manner, making further progress, " the UN official declared. They provided new guidance to the negotiators who will meet three more times this week to carry forward their work on core issues. "
On the topic of confidence building measures, the statement read, both leaders took stock of the work done to implement already agreed confidence building measures " and also exchanged views on the economic prospects that would arise from a solution.
With substantive negotiations now at the centre of their work, Mr. AkÃ½ncÃ½ and Mr. Anastasiades reiterated their resolve to reach a comprehensive settlement as soon as possible, " Mr. Eide continued, highlighting the positive climate " characterizing the negotiations.
The next meeting between the Cypriot leaders is set for 11 July.
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