President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, had a telephone conversation with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Ersin Tatar, to whom he expressed his sincere condolences for the loss of his father.
According to a press release by Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios, President Anastasiades and Ersin Tatar agreed to meet in Geneva on the sidelines of the informal conference on Cyprus, in addition to the formal meetings scheduled by the United Nations.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The UN Secretary-General invited all parties involved to attend an informal five-plus-one meeting on the Cyprus issue in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 April 2021.