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REMARKS BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR PRESS FOLLOWING MEETING WITH MR. NICOS ANASTASIADES, GREEK CYPRIOT LEADER, AND MR. MUSTAFA AKINCI, TURKISH CYPRIOT LEADER

21 January 2016

[as delivered]


Good afternoon – I just had a good meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı and my Special Adviser, Mr. Espen Barth Eide.

This was my first meeting with both leaders together. It was a very good oppor-tunity for me to hear directly from them about their efforts since they resumed negotia-tions in May 2015.

The leaders and I had a very comprehensive discussion on the current state-of-play in the Cyprus talks.

I want to commend them for their efforts. Significant progress has been made in this leader-led process over the past eight months, demonstrating that with political will, it is possible to reach compromises even on the most difficult issues.

At the same time, it is also clear that a number of sensitive and difficult issues still remain.

I encouraged the leaders to capitalize on the current positive momentum. It will be crucial as they move forward to tackle outstanding issues across the different chapters.

I encouraged Mr. Akıncı and Mr. Anastasiades to continue working tirelessly to-wards finding a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus issue as soon as possible, for the benefit of all Cypriots.

I also call on all interested international players, especially the guarantor powers, to do their utmost to facilitate and support the leaders in their quest for overcoming the division of Cyprus.