Terms of reference could be agreed in a short time, Spokesman says

Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Monday that terms of reference which will pave the way for the resumption of settlement talks could be agreed in a short time, adding that things for the Greek Cypriot side are pretty clear and it does not want to waste any time.

Speaking to the press at the Presidential Palace the Spokesman said that if the Turkish side shows the political will to negotiate within UNSGs framework, then we could agree on the terms the soonest.

Replying to a question about the arrival of Jane Holl Lute, the envoy of the SG to Cyprus and her visit to Turkey, Prodromou said that Lute has not set any timeframe and there havent been any talks specifically on the date of December 20th.

He recalled that following her contacts in Cyprus in October Lute was set to have talks with the guarantor powers, namely Greece, Turkey and the UK , adding that she will be meeting with both the Greek and Turkish governments and then she will return to Cyprus.

The Spokesman said that on the island the SGs envoy will meet with President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in order to find ways to agree on the terms of reference.

He also added that following the agreement on the terms of reference, there needs to be an adequate preparation that will lead us to a new round of talks and a final settlement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-backed 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