UN envoy disappointed over Greek cancellation of Cyprus talks

President Mehmet Ali Talat of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) received UN SG's Special Envoy Alexander Downer in Lefkosa.

UN envoy disappointed over Greek cancellation of Cyprus talks

United Nations Secretary General's special envoy to Cyprus said on Wednesday that he was disappointed over the Greek Cypriot administration's decision on not to attend the first meeting of the second round of peace talks in the island.

President Mehmet Ali Talat of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) received UN SG's Special Envoy Alexander Downer in Lefkosa.

Speaking to reporters after the gathering, Downer commented on the Greek Cypriot administration's decision to "cancel" the meeting to take place between Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders tomorrow.

Downer said he was disappointed over what happened today, adding that parties should focus on long-term objectives and ways to find a solution to Cyprus issue.

Downer also said that he expected the leaders to come together and proceed with the second round of peace talks soon.

Noting that there has been no change in the previously determined schedule of talks, Downer said the leaders were expected to meet on September 10 & 17 and October 2.

Earlier today, Greek Cypriot administration commissioner George Iacovou said that Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias would not attend tomorrow's meeting and showed "the attitude towards Greek Cypriot worshippers at Yesilirmak passageway" as the reason.

UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) also indirectly confirmed that the first meeting of the second round of talks to find a solution to Cyprus question, which was scheduled to take place on Thursday, would not be held.


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