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In his statement to the press after the meeting of leaders, UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said “ I was optimistic but now I am more optimistic”.

Following leaders’ meeting which continued about 4 and half hours within the framework of Cyprus negotiations, Eide read the joint statement. Eide stated “ The meeting of leaders was conducted in a very positive atmosphere. Leaders were focused on substantial issues which have not been solved yet. The issues of  “ governance”, “ property” and “territory criterias” were discussed. Leaders met three times during this week and continued their works regarding substantial issues”.

Furthermore, stating that leaders exchanged views on the issue of confidence building measures, Eide said that Akıncı and Anastasiades expressed their determination to reach a comprehensive settlement as soon as possible.

Eide added that leaders will attend an activity organised by Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and Greek Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 8 July and they will also meet with religious leaders on the same day.

Eide also said that the next meeting of leaders will be held on 10 July.

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