Negotiator briefs political parties on draft common document on security and guarantees

Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis informed on Wednesday political party leaders on the draft common document on security and guarantees that the UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide handed over to him during a meeting they had this morning.

Responding to questions by journalists, upon his arrival to left-wing AKEL party offices, Mavroyiannis said that the document was handed over to the Greek Cypriot side. Invited to say if the Greek Cypriot side will respond to Eides document, he said that they always do that, and that they are in constant contact with the UN diplomat.

Asked if the interested parties can make comments on the document, Mavroyiannis replied in the affirmative.

Mavroyiannis briefed so far the leaders of the Democratic Party (DISY), Averof Neophytou, the left-wing AKEL party, Antros Kyprianou and the Democratic Party, Nicolas Papadopoulos. He will also inform the President of the Citizens Alliance Yiorgos Lillikas and of the Environmentalists Movement Yiorgos Perdikis.

In the next days he will also brief the President of the Social Democrats Movement Marinos Sizopoulos and the Solidarity Movement Eleni Theocharous.

The political party leaders will accompany Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to Crans-Montana, Switzerland, where the Conference on Cyprus will reconvene on June 28. The common document drafted by Eide aims to guide the discussions on the issue of security and guarantees.

The Conference will take place with the participation of Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, as well as Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci 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