Negotiators to have day-long meeting on Tuesday

The negotiators of the two communities in Cyprus, Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami, will meet on Tuesday for a day-long session.

As CNA learns, the negotiators’ meeting will cover all aspects, ahead of the next meeting between the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, in the framework of UN-backed settlement talks.

According to the same sources, the agenda of the meeting has not yet been set.

Wednesday’s meeting will be the last of four meetings the two leaders agreed to hold, when they resumed talks last April after a two-month break.

Speaking after his last meeting with Akinci, on Thursday, President Anastasiades said that on May 17 the two leaders will assess the whole course, the outstanding issues and the way forward.

He said moreover that they discussed the chapters of property and governance, as well as “the day after” a settlement.

Speaking about the possibility of a new conference on Cyprus, President Anastasiades said that we don’t rule out a new Geneva but the point is to go there being well prepared. He wondered, at the same time, if Turkey is ready to discuss the issue of security and guarantees.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa 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