Resumption of talks as soon as possible is necessary, G/c and T/c parties agree

Leaders and representatives of the majority of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties who had on Wednesday their regular meeting at Ledra Palace hotel, in Nicosias buffer zone, agreed that the resumption of negotiations as soon as possible is necessary in order to achieve a mutually agreed federal solution of the Cyprus problem.

In a joint communique, issued by the embassy of Slovakia under the aegis of which the meetings take place, the parties note that during todays meeting they expressed opinions on the issue proposed by the hosting party, the Progressive Party of Working People/AKEL, entitled The need for the relaunch of the negotiations and the role of the political parties.

“They agreed that the resumption of the negotiations as soon as possible is necessary, taking into account the negative consequences of the continuation of the unacceptable status quo for both communities,” the communique says.

“A result-oriented negotiation process is the only way to achieve a mutually agreed federal solution of the Cyprus problem,” it adds.

It is further announced that the next regular meeting of political parties leaders and representatives will be held on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at the Ledra Palace.

According to the Embassy of Slovakia the leaders or representatives of the following parties took part in the meeting: AKEL, Cyprus Green Party,Democratic Rally (DISY), Movement of Social Democrats EDEK, Epalxi, National Unity Party (UBP), New Cyprus Party (YKP), Repblican Turkish Party (CTP), Social Democratic Party (TDP), Socialist Party of Cyprus (SPC), United Cyprus Party (BKP) and United Democrats.

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 the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency