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New Phase in Reunification Talks, All Chapters Covered

un talks cyprusSix more meetings between President Demetris Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu are scheduled in the new phase in reunification talks leading up to a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon at the end of October, said UN Special Representative Lisa Buttenheim.

All the chapters in a reunification plan have been covered, she said, and the next meeting is on Tuesday, October 4th.

"They will go into a heightened phase to discuss across the chapters," said Buttenheim.

The current hot issue of offshore oil-and-gas exploration rights has not been included in the talks and it was not discussed at all in the latest meeting between the leaders on September 30th, she said.

The reunification talks appear to be drawing to a close, with the last face-to-face meeting between Cyprus leaders Demetris Christofias and Dervis Eroglu set for October 21st following the new phase.

The current round of UN-led peace talks started in 2008 between Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat, who was replaced by Eroglu after elections in the Turkish-Cypriot community. The main principle is that it will be a Cypriot solution negotiated by Cypriots. Once talks are wrapped up, a reunification plan will be presented to Ban ki-Moon, a process which will be followed by separate referenda in both communities.

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