Our goal is the resumption of Cyprus talks, Government Spokesman says

The resumption of talks for the reunification of Cyprus is the goal of the Greek Cypriot side, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has said, noting that Monday’s dinner between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is a positive development.

In statements after a meeting between President Anastasiades and UN Secretary General’s Special Representative and Deputy Special Adviser on Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar, at the Presidential Palace, the Spokesman said that during the meeting President Anastasiades was briefed on UN preparations for the dinner.

He reiterated that the dinner is a positive development, adding that it is something that should take place.

He clarified that it will not be a meeting of negotiations, but it is one through which President Anastasiades wishes to see the resumption of negotiations. He noted however that the meeting will not have an agenda, adding that this will allow the two leaders to exchange views freely.

Replying to a question about the preparations, he said that these matters concern the United Nations, explaining that it may have to do for example with whether the two leaders will have a private meeting first or not. These are matters the United Nations are preparing.

Replying to various questions about the absence of an agenda, he repeated that there is no agenda and that the two leaders will be free to exchange views and put forward matters which concern them.

The objective goal at least on our part and I hope in the end of both sides is the resumption of negotiations which will have an agenda, he reiterated.

He said no certain issues have been selected and the United Nations have not been conveying the different views.

Asked whether the Greek Cypriot side has agreed to a request by Akinci not to have media coverage of the dinner, Prodromou said that matters that have to do with organising the dinner are up to the United Nations.

President Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem. The latest round of talks took place in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana but failed to yield any results.

UN talks aim at reuniting Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency