Draft transcript of the statements of the UNSG’s Special Adviser on Cyprus after his meeting with the President of the Republic
We had a very interesting day, a good leaders’ meeting, long and substantive meeting, and now I have met both with the leaders, Mr Akinci and then Mr Anastasiades, where we both reflected on the state of play, on what has happened over the last weeks, because the last leaders’ meeting was on the 27th July and then today. The negotiators have met not less than 11 times in the meantime and a lot of ground has been covered. Now the leaders are reflecting on this and we are basically now discussing how to move forward and what are the next steps, and how we can continue to build on this momentum that we have.
I will say again, as I have said many times, that there is still a lot of work to be done, there are issues that we have yet to go into and then there are issues, where we have strategic understanding and we need to fill in the details and there is a lot of work in the detail in order to get all this right.
The good mood continues, the trust is strong and increasing with every meeting and what I really want to say is that I am deeply impressed by the two leaders, the way they are able to work together honestly, being clear on their positions but also trying to accommodate and find ways to understand the other side. This is remarkably positive as an attitude. -01.09.2015