President’s meeting with UN envoy was productive, says Government Spokesman

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades had a good and productive meeting with Jane Holl Lute, the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Sunday evening. Speaking after the meeting, at the Presidential Palace, Prodromou also said that the two sides exchanged views on the formulation of the terms of reference.

He added that President Anastasiades will meet again on Monday with Lute, at 16.30 local time (14.30 GMT).

It was a good, productive meeting where the two sides had the chance to exchange views, aiming always at formulating the terms of reference that are necessary to start negotiations again he noted.

Asked if there is any result in this direction, Prodromou said that this is a productive process, with a constructive discussion taking place. ?owever the process is still ongoing.

Prodromou was also asked if the UN envoy conveyed an invitation for a meeting to President Anastasiades on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, and said that no such thing happened.

He was also asked about the documents which the Greek Cypriot negotiator brought to the meeting, leaving briefly the Presidential palace, and said that there are related to the President’s preparation. You know very well that there is a meticulous preparation regarding the whole history of the negotiations, because we are talking about the resumption of talks. It is logical that the President needs to have access to the documents and archives, to consult them, he noted.

On another question, whether we are any closer to codifying the terms of reference, Prodromou replied that we will see tomorrow. The Government Spokesman said finally that Lute comes and exchanges ideas with the President of the Republic when asked if the UN envoy presented any idea or informal document to the President.

Asked to comment on the presence of Barbaros, a Turkish seismic research vessel, in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, Prodromou said that it is the government’s standard practice not to comment on that. When there are irregularities, measures are taken by the authorities of the Republic and the necessary demarches are made he concluded.

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