Spokesman: President’s goal will be for decisive step towards ‘terms of reference’ agreement

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades goal during a meeting on Sunday with UN Secretary Generals envoy Jane Holl Lute will be for a decisive step to be made towards agreement for the terms of reference which will pave the way for the resumption of reunification talks, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Saturday.

Prodromou was replying on Saturday afternoon to journalists’ questions at the Presidential Palace.

Asked what the government expects from Lute’s visit to the island and what President Anastasiades will propose during the meeting he replied that the key goal will be for a decisive step to take place towards reaching agreement on the terms of reference in order for negotiations to resume from where they had stopped.

The terms of reference, the Spokesman said, are very important so that a pre-agreement can be in place that both sides will be ready to discus all issues and the impasse reached at Crans-Montana is not repeated.

Apart from the key solution principles, we think that it is necessary to include in the terms of reference the framework proposed by the (UN) Secretary General and the six parameters, he noted, adding that these include the Turkish army’s withdrawal from the island, the matter of security and guarantees, the participation of Turkish Cypriots in the decision making process of the federal state, territorial adjustments, the status of Greek and Turkish citizens after the solution is reached and the property issue.

The total sum of the issues should be included in the terms of reference, he said.

Prodromou also said that at this point President Anastasiades believes that it would be useful if the two leaders had a meeting in the presence of Lute in order for the process to be more productive.

We need to have dialogue, it is only through dialogue that we will overcome problems, he pointed out.

Asked whether this position will be put forward during the meeting with Lute, he replied that the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has already rejected this proposal.

President Anastasiades, Prodromou noted, is ready to discuss with Lute ways in order for the process to become more productive because our goal is to have resumption of negotiations as soon as possible.

Replying to a question as to whether President Anastasiades will ask for Akinci’s positions in writing he said that this suggestion was already put forward in order to have a more productive process.

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