President expected to hand over documents to National Council regarding central government’s powers

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, will probably hand over to the members of the National Council, on Tuesday, documents put forward during the negotiations on the Cyprus problem regarding the powers of the central government, CNA has learned.

A well-informed source told the Agency that in view of the Council’s meeting on Tuesday, President Anastasiades has been prepared to discuss his ideas with regard to a decentralized federation on the island, without however having a final proposal to submit.

It also noted that the President will have copies of a number of documents related to the issue of the powers of the central government that were put forward during the negotiations on the Cyprus problem, which he may hand over to the members of the National Council so that they can study them.

Furthermore, it said that during the meeting of the National Council the UNSG’s report on his good offices mission, that was released on October 15, is expected to be discussed.

Recalling that Tuesday’s meeting is a follow-up of a National Council meeting that took place on October 8, the same source noted that the parties which have not yet expressed their positions will do so on Tuesday. These are the Citizens’ Alliance, the Movement of Ecologists � Citizens Cooperation and the National Popular Front (ELAM).

The source did not rule out the possibility for the other parties, which have already outlined their positions, to express their views on issues that came up after the last meeting of the Council, such as the UNSG’s report.

As regards the forthcoming meeting between Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, to take place on October 26, the same source said that Anastasiades’ aim is to find out whether Ankinci is ready to re-engage into negotiators, while Akinci wants to discuss about the opening of the two new crossing points, in Dherynia and Lefka.

The source noted that President Anastasiades considers that the two leaders have nothing to discuss about this issue and that the Greek Cypriot side’s position is that once what has been agreed is implemented by the other side then they will be able to proceed with the opening of the crossing points.

With regard to the new visit which the UNSG’s personal envoy Jane Holl Lute will pay to Cyprus, the same source said that this is expected to take place before November 7 as President Anastasiades will pay a series of visits abroad after this date.

UNFICYP Spokesperson Aleem Siddique said in a written statement last week that Deputy Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Ms. Elizabeth Spehar, will host a meeting of the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akinci, at the Chief of Mission Residence in the United Nations Protected Area on 26 October at 10:00.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency