Cyprus President Anastasiades begins meetings in Crans Montana

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades began a series of meetings in Crans Montana this evening, the first with UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide.

The UN envoy also met with Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias who is expected to confer with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson later this evening.

A dinner hosted by the UN will take place later this evening with a slight delay due to the late arrivals of delegations. It was to take place in the presence of Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman who will arrive however on Wednesday morning.

At tonight’s dinner, the leaders of Cyprus’ two communities, President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, will take part with a six-member delegation each. The Foreign Ministers of the three guarantor powers will have a four-member delegation each. Johnson’s meeting with Anastasiades takes place at the initiative of the British diplomat.

The dinner will take place at the hotel where the delegations of the participating parties at the Conference of Cyprus that resumes on Wednesday is being held.

President Anastasiades is now meeting with the Greek FM.

CNA sources have said that the foundation of Wednesday’s discussion on the issue of securities and guarantees will be the conclusions of the technocrats at Mont Peleran 3 in January, when the issue was examined by the technical committees of the five interested parties.

Meanwhile, CNA has learnt that the National Council will convene at 0845 local time on Wednesday morning, ahead of the Cyprus conference.

President Anastasiades is accompanied by Attorney General Costas Clerides, the Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis, Government Spokesman and Director of his Diplomatic Office Nikos Christodoulides, Undersecretary to the President Vasilis Palmas, Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos and other officials.

He is also accompanied by the members of the negotiating team and political party leaders and their representatives.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency