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Anastasiades-Akinci to resume Swiss-based territorial talks

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are set to resume their UN-led talks on Sunday morning in Mont-Pelerin, Switzerland, with a view to reach an agreement on the territorial adjustment criteria.
During their previous Mont Pelerin-based talks, held from November 7 to 11, Anastasiades and Akinci discussed the territory issue and other outstanding issues interdependently.
The UN announced after those talks that “significant progress” was achieved and that upon Anastasiades’ request a recess was agreed upon and to reconvene the Swiss talks from November 20-21.
Anastasiades and Akinci had also agreed to begin discussions on a joint document with each side’s positions on the territorial adjustment criteria.
In statements earlier this week, Anastasiades expressed his hope that an agreement will be reached during this second stint that will allow territorial maps to be exchanged.
The President added that if this is reached it will open the prospects for the final stage that will lead to a solution.
Anastasiades travelled to Mont Pelerin on Saturday, and during the day held a meeting with his negotiating team.
Sunday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 10am (Cyprus time).
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and illegally occupied its northern third.
Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led negotiations since May 2015, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.