President and close associates consult documents ahead of Friday’s informal meeting with Akinci

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has been consulting with his close associates, going through all documents in his dossiers on the Cyprus issue, in view of his informal meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, that will take place on Friday, August 9.

According to a source who spoke to CNA, the dossiers include, among others, proposals and positions submitted, letters sent, convergences reached, as well as the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres six-parameters framework presented during the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana.

The same source underlined that the President, who is consulting with his close associates at the presidential residence in the Troodos mountains, has been for quite a long time now prepared for such a meeting “which he sought to have, and for all the issues he would like to underline to the Turkish Cypriot leader, so that, instead of having the tension created by Turkey, they will begin substansive negotiations on the essence of the Cyprus issue”.

Meanwhile, CNA has learned that the meeting of the two leaders, which will take place at the residence of the UN Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, in the UN protected area of the now defunct Nicosia airport, will not be open for coverage by the media. A UN source told CNA that “only official photographers and cameramen from both sides” will be allowed to cover the meeting.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Turkey has ignored numerous UN resolutions calling for the withdrawal of the Turkish troops and respect of the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency