Our proposal is realistic and could unlock the process, Greek Cypriot side says

The proposal tabled by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasides is realistic and could unlock the negotiations over a Cyprus settlement, the Greek Cypriot side said on Friday, as Anastasiades and the Mustafa Akinci, the Turkish Cypriot leader, will head to New York to meet UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday.

Guterres will meet Anastasiades and Akinci over dinner Sunday in a bid to reconvene a new conference on Cyprus in Geneva.

The Greek Cypriot side has proposed that a Conference on Cyprus, in Geneva, should begin with the chapter of Security and Guarantees and should sufficient progress on the basis of specific and mutually agreed criteria occur, discussions should proceed to territorial adjustments to be followed by outstanding issues.

On Friday, Anastasiades briefed the National Council on the state of play ahead of the meeting in New York.

This is the proposal with which we travel to New York, Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos told reporters following the meeting.

The Greek Cypriot side’s proposal is one which could unlock the present phase of the Cyprus talks and added: it is more realistic, the most feasible is not a precondition is a substantive proposal.

This is only proposal which would take the process one step further and could pave the way for a solution to the Cyprus problem because all these months we have made sufficient progress, he added.

Referring to Turkey, Papadopoulos said if the party who cause the problem due to invasion and occupation comes at the negotiating table and the necessary sufficient progress takes place based on measurable criteria then the road towards a Cyprus settlement could open.

Papadopoulos, that President insists that the issue security is of fundamental importance, adding President Anastasiades’ proposal finds has been met with understanding internationally.

It is the issue that could unlock the discussion, he concluded.

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