President briefed us fully on Cyprus problem developments, Famagusta Mayor says

Famagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos, who was received on Monday by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades together with a municipal council delegation, said the President fully briefed them on the state of affairs as regards the Cyprus problem and that all they can do is to wait for the coming developments which are “unpredictable.”

“We were fully briefed by President Anastasiades as regards developments in the Cyprus problem, the state of affairs now, whether there are any prospects,” Galanos said in statements after the meeting, expressing his satisfaction.

He also said that they put forward the importance of Famagusta for which Turkey has been condemned by UN and other resolutions.

“We exchanged views and of course we are all waiting for the developments, since there will be developments soon which will be unpredictable,” he added.

Asked what he means by “unpredictable” he explained that developments in Turkey are unpredictable, as well as natural gas developments.

Replying to a question as to whether President Anastasiades was optimistic or pessimistic as regards the Cyprus problem he said that “the President seemed to be pragmatic as regards the state of affairs now.”

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 leaders took part in a UN hosted dinner on Sunday evening after which the United Nations in Cyprus issued a press release stating the UN “will continue the interaction with them to lay the groundwork for the resumption of the talks.”

Source: Cyprus News Agency