President to meet UN Special Representative soon to assess prospects for resumption of Cyprus talks

President Nicos Anastasiades announced on Friday that next week he will meet with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar to assess the prospects for the resumption of the Cyprus reunification talks.

Speaking to the press on Friday, following a reception at the Presidential Palace where citizens had the chance to congratulate him on his re-election, the President said that during the meeting they will examine whether there are prospects that could give hope for a dialogue, on the correct basis, on what has been agreed.

Asked about the next steps on the Cyprus problem, the President said that this is to be seen, on the basis of public statements and prerequisites set out. “It would be wise for all of us to examine the change of behaviour by the Turkish Cypriot side as well as the Turkish side,” he noted.

I will do my utmost, whatever is possible to see whether the prospects are there, and I believe that next week I will be meeting with Ms Spehar to examine whether these prospects can be created that would give hope that the dialogue could resume on the correct basis, on what has been agreed on. The Turkish Cypriots should realise that they have to understand and comprehend the worries, the expectations and the concerns of the victims of the invasion, the President said.

Replying to another question about convening a meeting of the National Council, he said that when it is time, he will convene it. It will happen, if and when we have developments and before any meeting (regarding the Cyprus problem), he pointed out.

Asked about his feelings when he received people who wanted to congratulate him, the President said that this reflects the peoples trust and hope. He said he feels the responsibility to meet their expectations.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated UN-backed negotiations have not yet yielded any results to reunite the country under a federal roof. The latest such effort, in July last year, ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency