Conference on Cyprus to continue next week, SG Guterres to return if necessary

The Conference on Cyprus is set to continue into the next week with the leaders working on the issue of securities and guarantees and reaching further progress on internal aspects issues, while the UNSG departs on Saturday, assuring the leaders he will return if necessary.

According to well-informed sources, discussions on Saturday will continue until midday and late afternoon, the National Council, comprising the island’s political parties and top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem, will convene while on Sunday no meetings will be held.

Discussions will continue into next week with the leaders, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, technocrats and the Foreign Ministers of the guarantor parties (Turkey, Greece, UK) with the aim to achieve work on the guarantees issue while more progress and convergences are necessary on internal aspects’ issues.

During Friday’s working dinner between UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the heads of the participating parties to the Conference, the latter concentrated on the progress that is required on securities and withdrawal of troops, implementation and securing the implementation of a solution.

On the internal aspects of the Cyprus problem discussed at Table 2, Guterres called on the two leaders to concentrate on achieving further progress and convergences.

The sources said that the SG outlined all issues and especially the guarantees, noting that work needs to be done.

What will determine the current effort, the sources said, is the result of the negotiations on the mechanism that will implement and monitor the solution. No agreement was reached on these issues on Friday evening nor any negotiations took place while the SG’ approach was positive.

On Saturday morning, President Anastasiades will meet with Greek FM Nikos Kotzias.After Friday’s working dinner, Anastasiades met with the National Council members.

The Conference on Cyprus began on Wednesday, to help find a negotiated settlement to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency