Remarks by the Government Spokesman on the Cyprus problem

In his remarks to Turkish Cypriot and foreign Media, in Geneva, where the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities hold talks on the Cyprus problem, the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, said that today, the two leaders continued the discussion on the issue of Governance. You can understand that we deal with difficult and sensitive issues; there is a will from both sides to have progress so to reach agreements or understanding, let’s say, and we will continue this afternoon, at 6 p.m., again with the issues of Governance and then we will continue discussing on the issues of the European Union and the Economy.

In the meantime, at 4:30 p.m., the two negotiators together with the experts on the Governance issues will meet in order to discuss more or for further deliberations on certain issues that were already discussed between the two leaders.

Asked about the issue of the exchange of maps between the two sides, the Spokesman said that this is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

Replying to a question on whether having progress or not on the issue of Governance and Power Sharing will make a difference when it comes to the submission of maps, he said that it doesn’t matter.

Replying to another question, the Spokesman said that the interlocutors will meet this afternoon.

The President had a telephone conversation with Mr Tsipras, who briefed the President about the telephone conversation he held with Mr Erdogan yesterday afternoon.

He added that as the situation is at the moment, Mr Tsipras is not coming to Geneva, but we will see depending on how things develop.

Asked about the international conference on Cyprus which will begin on January 12, in Geneva, the Spokesman said that we are looking forward to such a conference. Actually, it’s going to be the first time in the history of the Cyprus problem that we are going to have such an important conference and we are looking forward to the discussions.

Invited to say who will participate in the conference, the Spokesman said that you know there are a lot of questions, there are a lot of rumors about the participation, we are only two days away [from the conference] so let us all wait and see who is going to be present, who is going to have the floor and all the other details.

Asked if he is optimistic about the process in Geneva, he said that we are here to work hard in order to be optimistic and I want to believe that this is the desire [to work hard] of both sides.

Source: Press and Information Office