Negotiators agreed on work plan, Eide says

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot negotiators, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, who met today in the framework of the Cyprus reunification talks, have agreed on a work plan and will meet again next Tuesday, UN SGs Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said on twitter.

“Upon yesterdays resumption of #CyprusTalks, negotiators @AMavroyiannis & @ozdilnami met today. Workplan agreed, next meeting Tuesday 18/4,” Eide wrote on his twitter account.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed talks aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.

The two leaders met on Tuesday, after a nearly two-month break, when Akinci walked out of the talks, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

President Anastasiades had described the decision “wrong”, saying the timing was not right. Akinci said he would not return to the negotiations unless the decision was revoked. The House voted last Friday on an amendment on the bill, which essentially annuls the earlier House decision.

Source: Cyprus News Agency