Intense diplomatic activity in Crans Montana as the Conference on Cyprus reconvenes on Wednesday

As the UN-hosted Conference on Cyprus reconvenes on Wednesday in Crans Montana, Switzerland, diplomatic activity is becoming more intense with the arrival of all parties involved in the Cyprus peace process.

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades will confer with the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias.

The President arrived earlier this afternoon on board a military helicopter from Geneva to Crans Montana, a municipality in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais.

According to CNA information, President Anastasiades’ meeting with Johnson will take place right after a dinner hosted by the UN in the presence of Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman.

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.

Before the dinner, President Anastasiades will meet with the UNSG’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades is accompanied by the 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 Erato Kozakou Markoulli, Kypros Chrysostomides, Polis Polyviou, Panagiotis Demetriou, Nikos Kleanthous, Toumazos Tsielepis, Marios Eliades, Constantinos Kombos, Aristotelis Constantinides, Nicolas Kyriakou and other technocrats.

Former President of the Republic George Vasiliou and political party representatives, namely Democratic Rally President Averof Neophytou, left-wing AKEL Secretary General Antros Kyprianou, Democratic Party President Nicolas Papadopoulos, Social Democrats Movement President Marinos Sizopoulos, Citizens Coalition leader George Lillikas, Solidarity Movement Deputy President Polis Pallikaros and Ecologists Envronmentalists Movement President George Perdikes also escort the President at his invitation.

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