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All-star working breakfast ‘positive’ but with little substance

Leaders’ aides meet on sidelines of Oslo gathering

AIDES TO the two leaders held a one-hour meeting with former Cyprus mediators during a conference this week held in Norway but little of substance emerged, the Cyprus Mail has learned.

Reports yesterday suggested that aides, George Iacovou and Ozdil Nami had sought the advice of the former Cyprus envoys at the annual mediators meeting in Oslo.

The two sides have hit an obstacle as regards the basis for Cyprus talks due to begin in earnest in the Autumn.

President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat are due to meet on Tuesday in the first of two meetings in July that will focus on “talks about talks”.

With this in mind Iacovou and Nami took the opportunity to meet up with former Cyprus mediators in Oslo during the week.

Both men who have been working side by side to set up and run the working groups and technical committees, are believed to be seeking out a formula that will make it easier for the leaders to sit down and talk on Tuesday.

Among the mediators at the meeting were former UN Special Representative for Cyprus Michael Moller who left his post at the end of March this year, Peruvian diplomat Alvaro de Soto who mediated the failed Annan plan in 2004, also two other former UN envoys for Cyprus, Joe Clark and Sir Kieran Prendergast.

According to sources close to the conference, Iacovou, Nami and the ex Cyprus mediators had a working breakfast on the sidelines of the conference. The meeting lasted just over an hour.

Moller chaired the meeting, and while the Turkish Cypriot side was represented, Turkey was not because the Turkish official due to arrive did not make it to Oslo in time to participate.

“The meeting did not produce anything substantial,” said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity due to Chatham House rules, which decree utter secrecy at such conferences.

“Iacovou and Nami were both present and spoke briefly,” the sources said, adding that no sparks flew between them.

“The most striking thing, at least for the initiated [on the Cyprus issue], was the positive atmosphere. The congeniality between the two appeared genuine. They even had their meals together,” said the sources.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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