The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, continued the discussion on the property issue on Wednesday in a very good atmosphere, Alexander Downer, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary General on Cyprus, said.
Surely, we are trying to build a better relation, which will have a political effect with positive results in the effort.
Speaking after their meeting during the day Downer said that the leaders had a meeting, for slightly under two hours, in a very good atmosphere.
“It was a very positive atmosphere today.
“They continued the discussions about property, and the representatives will be meeting again on Friday afternoon (30th July) to continue with those discussions, and the leaders are to meet again on the 4th of August next week, and then they have a meeting on the 10th of August as well,” he said.
The two leaders followed up their meeting with a dinner at Eroglu’s residence in Cyprus occupied areas.
President Christofias told the Press before departing from Eroglu’s residence that they spent a pleasant evening as the leaders of the two communities and added: “Surely, we are trying to build a better relation, which will have a political effect with positive results in the effort” to solve the Cyprus problem.
He also said thank you to Eroglu and his spouse for the dinner.
Eroglu also made statements, speaking in Turkish without an official translation.
According to an unofficial translation, the Turkish Cypriot leader said, inter alia, that they did not discuss the Cyprus issue.
“We have become friends and this friendship will be continued on the negotiations table,” he said.
Special Adviser of the UN Secretary General on Cyprus Alexander Downer described the dinner as “not an evening of negotiations but an evening of confidence building”.