Determination of the terms of reference an opportunity to consolidate Guterres’ framework provisions, source says

The Greek Cypriot side considers that the position of the UN Secretary General that the parties should determine and agree, the soonest possible, on the terms of reference for the resumption of substantive negotiations, offers the opportunity to consolidate the provisions of the Guterres framework, a source told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) after the meeting which President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, had with the SGs envoy Jane Holl Lute.

The source noted that the UNSGs position also offers the opportunity to put forward issues on which the Turkish Cypriot side backtracked from convergences that have been reached, as well as issues that have never been discussed during the negotiating process as those concerning the banking sector.

Furthermore it said that the process for the determination of the terms of reference by the two sides will probably be that of shuttle diplomacy, that will be undertaken by Lute herself, who will also hold new meetings with the guarantor countries (Greece, Turkey and the UK).

The same source said that the position of the UN Secretary General which Lute conveyed to President Anastasiades on Wednesday indicates that President Anastasiades was correct when underlining the need for appropriate preparation before a new Conference on Cyprus in order to avoid repetition of what happened in Crans-Montana.

The source underlined that Anastasiades explained in detail to Lute his positions about the decentralization of the central states powers with a view to safeguard functionality of the state, underlining his commitment to a settlement providing for a federation, on the basis of the UN resolutions.

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