Anastasiades tells Akinci that Guterres’ framework remains the basis of negotiations

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades explained on Friday to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci his idea on the decentralization of the powers of the central government in a future federal state, stressing at the same time that the Greek Cypriot side maintains its position that negotiations on the Cyprus problem must take place on the basis of the UN Secretary Generals framework, a well-informed source has said.

CNA has learned that President Anastasiades said during his meeting with Akinci, that took place at the UNSG’s Special Representatives’ residence, that his idea about a decentalized federation refers to one of the Guterres’ framework parameters and is related to the way that the deadlock will be overcome and concerns by both sides will be met, while avoiding possible causes of conflict.

The same source said Akinci did not appear to be negative towards Anastasiades idea on the decentralization of powers.

Moreover, it noted that during their meeting, Anastasiades reiterated his position on political equality and effective participation in the decision making process, wondering if there is any state in the world where a minority fully determines the decisions of the majority, while on the issue of the exploitation of hydrocabons discovered in Cyprus EEZ he recalled the convergences reached between former President Demetris Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

The same source said that the meeting was in a way a kind of preparation ahead of the visit which the UNSGs envoy Jane Holl Lute will pay to the island next week to meet with the leaders, who today exchanged views and ideas, clarified and explained issues which have come to light recently.

Moreover it noted that the discussion took place in a friendly climate and the two leaders had the opportunity to get a better understanding of each others positions. A general discussion took place and it is common belief that ways need to be found with a view to overcome the dealock, the source added.

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 latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency