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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-06-02

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    President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu hold on Thursday their second meeting in the framework of direct negotiations, aiming to solve the Cyprus problem.

    The property issue is expected to be the main item on the agenda.

    The meeting will begin at 1000 am local time (0700 GMT) at the specially designed venue at the now defunct Nicosia airport, which is currently under UN control.

    Negotiations resumed on 26th of May after a short recess due to the elections in Cyprus northern Turkish occupied areas, which resulted in the rise of Dervis Eroglu at the helm of the Turkish Cypriot community.

    During the first meeting between the two leaders, UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser Alexander Downer conveyed towards Christofias and Eroglu a message of UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on the resumption of Cyprus talks.

    In statements after the meeting, Downer said that the leaders began to discuss the property issue.

    He also said that they confirmed existing convergences (on the property issue) and they will continue discussing the property issue from where they left off before the talks broke up earlier this year.

    In his message the UN SG warmly welcomed both delegations back to the negotiation table.

    The parties made strong progress before the talks were suspended in late March. I am very encouraged by the convergences that were reached Ban noted, adding that he is also encouraged that the two leaders have agreed to continue on the basis of the UN parameters, Security Council resolutions and the joint statements made on 23 May and 1 July 2008.

    From his part Cyprus President Demetris Christofias said that convergences already achieved were confirmed.

    The President said his first meeting with Eroglu was in general good, adding that they did not speak about all issues.

    Of course the basis (of the negotiations) was reaffirmed with a statement of the UN Special Representative on the Cyprus problem Alexander Downer, as expressed in the Secretary Generals report, he added.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat began peace talks in September 2008. Talks now continue with the President and Eroglu.

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