The goal is to reach agreement on terms of reference in Berlin, Foreign Minister says

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said on Monday that it is feasible that a meeting in Berlin, later this month, between the UN Secretary General, the President of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot leader, will produce concrete results, adding that the aim is to reach a common understanding or an agreement on the terms of reference.

Addressing the House Finance Committee to present the Foreign Ministry’s proposed budget for 2020, Christodoulides also said that Jane Holl Lute, the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy, is expected to arrive in Cyprus for the preparation of the meeting in Berlin.

Based on what happened so far, it is possible to have concrete results in Berlin, which will open the way for the next steps, the Minister said.

Referring to the terms of reference, which could pave the way for the resumption of settlement talks, Christodoulides said that a common understanding or an agreement was feasible, on the basis of the informal meeting between President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Turkey has ignored numerous UN resolutions calling for the withdrawal of the Turkish troops and respect of the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.

Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

The goal is to reach agreement on terms of reference in Berlin, Foreign Minister says

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said on Monday that it is feasible that a meeting in Berlin, later this month, between the UN Secretary General, the President of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot leader, will produce concrete results, adding that the aim is to reach a common understanding or an agreement on the terms of reference.

Addressing the House Finance Committee to present the Foreign Ministry’s proposed budget for 2020, Christodoulides also said that Jane Holl Lute, the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy, is expected to arrive in Cyprus for the preparation of the meeting in Berlin.

Based on what happened so far, it is possible to have concrete results in Berlin, which will open the way for the next steps, the Minister said.

Referring to the terms of reference, which could pave the way for the resumption of settlement talks, Christodoulides said that a common understanding or an agreement was feasible, on the basis of the informal meeting between President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Turkey has ignored numerous UN resolutions calling for the withdrawal of the Turkish troops and respect of the integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.

Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency