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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-11-18

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    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias met UN Secretary-Generals Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer in New York last night, ahead of his meeting with UN chief Ban Ki-moon, where they discussed the agenda of todays meeting with Ban and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

    In his remarks after the meeting, Downer who also met with Eroglu after his one and a half hour meeting with Christofias, said he hoped that todays meeting would be productive and that the negotiations will develop some new momentum.

    In statements, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said that the President is completely ready for the meeting today, based on what was discussed at the informal leaders council in Nicosia last week.

    Stephanou said that President Christofias met with Downer and discussed the meeting with the UNSG and Eroglu. It was a continuation of the meetings held in Cyprus. The President is ready for the meeting that will take place based on what we discussed at the informal leaders council, he added.

    In his remarks to journalists, Downer said he met with President Christofias and was going to meet Eroglu in preparation for the meeting with the Secretary General today that will begin with a working lunch and a meeting during the course of the afternoon. We have to see how it goes, Downer said, expressing the hope that it will be a productive meeting and that the negotiations will develop some new momentum.

    Downer acknowledged the negotiations have lost momentum and we want them to see if this will help to give them a bit of new momentum.

    Replying to a question if there is an agreement on the agenda of todays meeting, Downer said: The Secretary General has a plan for how he wants the meeting to go and I dont think there will be any problem for the two leaders. They will be happy about it.

    President Christofias convened with his advisors who accompany him in New York and also attended a dinner hosted in his honour by a delegation of the Cyprus Federation of America.

    There are no further meetings on the presidents schedule. The meeting will begin at 2015 Cyprus time with a working lunch, that will be completed at 2130 and the main meeting will start at 2200 until midnight.

    According to new information from the UN, photographers and TV crew will be allowed to film the beginning of the working lunch. The programme is subject to change,

    After the meeting, the Secretary-General will make a statement on the result of the talks.


    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a meeting on Thursday with President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu at the UN headquarters in New York in an effort to inject some momentum into the UN led process for a Cyprus settlement.

    President Christofias arrived in New York Wednesday afternoon and made no statements to the press on his arrival at his New York hotel. According to the latest information from the UN todays talks on Cyprus at the UN headquarters will commence at 2000 Cyprus time (1300 New York time), with a working lunch. The programme is subject to change.

    The lunch will be attended by five members from each side, and will not be open to photo or TV coverage. In his welcoming speech, the Secretary General will give the stigma of the talks and then interventions by President Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader will follow.

    After the lunch, expected to last one and a half hours followed by a half hour break, the Ban-Christofias-Eroglu meeting will commence with the participation of four persons from each side. Television crews and photographers will be allowed to cover the beginning. The meeting is expected to last two hours and at the end, the Secretary-General will make a statement, the content of which will have been agreed on with the leaders.

    According to UN sources, the statement will include a reference to the nature of the talks, what has been achieved so far and the steps that will follow.

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