National Council convenes, President informs political leaders about results of meeting in Berlin

A meeting of the National Council is underway at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, under Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, who informs political party leaders about the results of his informal meeting in Berlin, on November 25, with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci.

Guterres said in a statement after the meeting that he committed to explore with the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and the guarantor powers the possibility to convene an informal five party meeting on Cyprus at an appropriate stage, following an informal dinner in Berlin attended by both leaders.

Guterres also noted that the leaders of Cyprus affirmed their commitment to the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014, the prior convergences, and the six point framework he presented on 30 June 2017 with a view to achieve a strategic agreement paving the way forward for a comprehensive settlement.

The National Councils meeting is attended by House President Demetris Syllouris, Democratic Rally President Averof Neofytou, AKEL General Secretary Antros Kyprianou, Democratic Party President Nicholas Papadopoulos, EDEK President Marinos Sizopoulos, Citizens Alliance President George Lillikas, Solidarty Movement Deputy President Polis Pallikaros, Ecologists-Environmentalists Movement President George Perdikis, ELAM spokesperson Yeadis Yeadi, and Democratic Front President Marios Karoyian.

The meeting is also attended by Foreign Minister, Nikos Christodoulides, Deputy Minister to the President Vassilis Palmas, Deputy Government Spokesman Panayiotis Sentonas and the Director of the Presidents Diplomatic Office Kyriakos Kouros.

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