Geneva Conference possible if Turkish side shows no irrationality or refusal to discuss guarantees, President says

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday that if there is no irrationality or refusal to discuss the essence of the issue of guarantees, the prospects for a new Geneva Conference ?n Cyprus could exist.

The President was invited to comment on statements made by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier today that they do not intend to travel to Geneva on any terms and conditions.

He said that there is a prior meeting scheduled with the UN Secretary General and that everyone has their own positions. He added that if there is no unreasonable stance and refusal to discuss the essence of the issue of guarantees, he believes that the prospects could be there for everyone to travel to Geneva.

Anastasiades and Akinci are set to meet UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday in New York to discuss the Cyprus talks and the way forward.

The Conference on Cyprus convened for the first time at the political level in January this year, in Geneva, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General and with the participation of the leaders of Cyprus two communities, President Anastasiades and Akinci, the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer/interested party. The meeting aimed at addressing the issue of security and guarantees.

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

Source: Cyprus News Agency