Cyprus leaders to meet for talks on Thursday

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will meet on Thursday in the context of ongoing negotiations to reunify the Mediterranean island.

Talks will be attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special adviser Espen Barth Eide.

On Friday, Greek-Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis is set to meet with his Turkish-Cypriot counterpart Kudret Ozersay.

In recent comments reported in the media, Eroglu urged the Greek-Cypriot side to “set the example for the broader region by reaching a settlement and acting on the basis of realities on the island.”

He also said that despite obstacles created by “the behavior of Greek-Cypriot neighbors” the breakaway state in the occupied north of the island boasts a decent political and economic record.

The breakaway Turkish-Cypriot entity is recognized only by Turkey.