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Mont Pelerin Part 2: Anastasiades-Akinci set to resume talks

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci continued their Mont Pelerin-based discussions on Sunday evening over a working dinner, after initially holding talks in the morning.
Both leaders are discussing the crucial territorial issue.
Following the two meetings on Sunday no statements were made to the press by either side or from UN officials.
CNA English reported that prior to their scheduled talks on Monday morning (10am Cyprus time) the two leaders are expected to hold separate meetings with UN Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, who is expected to make a statement to the press after the day’s deliberations.
According to CNA English, sources stated that during the working dinner a general discussion took place between Anastasiades and Akinci, however they did not talk specifically and exclusively discuss the territorial adjustment criteria.
The dinner was also attended by the Eide, the UN Special Representative on Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar, both sides’ negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, government spokespersons Nikos Christodoulides and Baris Burcu.
At some point, CNA English reported, Anastasiades and Akinci continued their discussions only with Eide and Spehar present.
Prior to the dinner, Anastasiades spoke with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the phone. CNA English learnt that they exchanged views on the developments after Sunday morning’s discussions.
Anastasiades also had consultations with his negotiating team before the dinner.
This is the second time Anastasiades and Akinci have held talks at the Swiss resort, with a view to reach an agreement on the territorial adjustment criteria and draft a map based on them.
The first round took place between November 7 to 11, with the UN saying “significant progress” had been made following those talks.
Anastasiades, and Akinci are expected to conclude their latest international deliberations on Monday.
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 talks since May 2015, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
If a final agreement is reached it will be put to both communities in a referendum. A 2004 peace deal, the ‘Annan Plan’, was approved by Turkish Cypriots but overwhelmingly rejected by Greek Cypriots.