President to strive for resumption of talks during Tuesday’s meeting with Akinci, Spokesman tells CNA

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades is attending a meeting on Tuesday with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, with a view to conclude the terms of reference leading to the resumption of settlement talks, said Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou.

Speaking to CNA, Prodromou also noted that in order to see progress, all six parameters of the framework outlined by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres need to be accepted.

Referring to tomorrow’s informal meeting, scheduled for 10.30am local time (8.30am GMT), Prodromou reiterated that there is no agenda, and that the two men will not engage in formal negotiations.

The President is going there to meet Akinci, some misunderstandings might be resolved and the best possible explanations might be offered. If there is political will, especially on the part of Turkey, the process to resume settlement talks will also go forward he noted.

He also said that the main goal of President Anastasiades is to have a discussion and achieve progress, in order to agree on the terms of reference. Prodromou added that accepting all six parameters of the Guterres framework was a basic component, while noting that all parameters are equally important for the Greek Cypriot side.

The end of guarantees and the withdrawal of occupation troops is certainly a matter of priority for the Greek Cypriot side which is faced with [Turkey’s] occupation for 45 years. However, everything needs to be discussed at the meeting he said.

Concerning the President’s proposal for a decentralized federation, Prodromou said that this is also part of the Guterres framework, who asked the parties to discuss where, when and how to employ a positive vote in their decisions.

All issues need to be addressed with sincerity, particularly the fact that in order to progress, all six parameters of the Guterres framework need to be accepted the Spokesman noted.

Asked if President Anastasiades will also discuss Confidence Building Measures with Akinci, the Spokesman noted that this discussion remains always open. He said however that what matters now is to reach an agreement on the terms of reference, in order to resume talks for a Cyprus settlement.

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