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While expressing the hope that a conclusion about the property issue will be reached soon, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary General Espen Barth Eide said that the guarantees will be discussed at some stage of the procedure within the framework of the quintet conference.

Greek Cypriot radio announced that Eide informed the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades about his meetings in Ankara.

Eide described his contacts with the officials of Turkey as “constructive, deep and interesting” on the preparation of the final stage of the negotiations.

Eide stated that he had deep and good conversations and that it is part of the preparation for the very final phase, “which we don’t know when it will happen but it will happen someday and where the guarantor countries also need to be involved.  So, there is serious engagement also from Turkey as well as from the other guarantor countries”, he added.

Upon a question if there will be a quintet meeting at the final phase, Eide said: “At some stage that will be part of the process, because it is clear that we need the guarantors to deal with specific issues that pertain to them. Most issues that we are discussing are for the Cypriots to decide, the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots through their leaders, but there are some issues of an international nature and of course we cannot have a final settlement before they are involved in some form”, he added.

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