Our goal is to to create conditions for resumption of Cyprus talks, FM says

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides expressed the hope that the scheduled meeting between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on October 26, will create the conditions for the resumption of substantive Cyprus reunification talks.

In statements, on the sidelines of the 9th Limassol Economic Forum, on Friday, and referring to the upcoming meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci he said it is “a positive development that this meeting will take place, which was sought by President Anastasiades who had invited Akinci to hold such a meeting.”

Taking into account UN Secretary Generals report and the fact that the report will be discussed at Security Council level, we hope that this meeting will have a substantive as well as a social content and above all that “it will create the conditions for resumption of substantive talks.”

This, he continued, “is a one-way street for everyone involved in the Cyprus problem and in particular for us, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and this is our goal and our objective and we hope that there will be outcomes in this direction.”

Replying to a question as to the meetings agenda he said that there is no agenda, adding however that “you realise that the matter to be discussed can be none other than the Cyprus problem and how to create conditions for the resumption of talks. That is to say, there is no specific agenda with matters to do with the internal or external aspects, but it will be a free discussion, a discussion which we hope will lay the foundations for the resumption of talks.”

Christodoulides clarified that no terms have been set for the two leaders meeting.

He also send a message that the Republic of Cyprus is taking all necessary steps so that its energy plans are implemented without obstacles. “We will not take part in a public dispute with Turkey or anyone else,” he pointed out. Replying to a question on what our side will do in case Turkey prevents our plans Christodoulides noted that “we believe our actions are effective.” adding that he will be ready to comment on any development when it occurs. At the same time he pointed out that “as far as energy matters are concerned what is important is to do more and to say less in public.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-peace talks last year at the Swiss resort of Crans – Montana ended without an agreement. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency