President Anastasiades says he hopes for a creative dialogue once the talks resume next week

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades expressed on Tuesday satisfaction with the resumption of settlement talks, saying he hopes that they will focus on a creative dialogue.

In a written announcement, President Anastasiades also expressed hope that “we will focus on a creative dialogue and will be able to reach, through constructive proposals, a solution guided by the principles and values of the EU, in full respect of the acquis communautaire and taking always in consideration the best interests of the Cypriot people”.

The resumption of talks, on April 11, was announced earlier today by the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed efforts to reunify the island under a federal roof were suspended when Mustafa Akinci walked out of a meeting in mid February, 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 has described the decision “wrong”, saying the timing was not right. Akinci said he would not return to the negotiations unless the decision is revoked. The House is set to vote on an amendment on the bill, which essentially annuls the earlier House decision, on Friday 7 April.

The UN Secretary General Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide hosted a dinner last Sunday for President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. In an announcement, issued after the dinner, the UN noted that the two leaders reconfirmed their joint commitment to finding a solution in the best interest of all Cypriots and exchanged ideas about the way ahead.

Furthermore, the announcement said that Espen Barth Eide would continue his interaction with them in order to lay the groundwork for the resumption of the negotiations as soon as possible.

Source: Cyprus News Agency