The parties to the Conference on Cyprus are exploring difficult issues, diplomatic sources tell CNA

The parties engaged in the Conference for Cyprus are exploring the issues at hand, even thorny issues, diplomatic sources attending the Conference have told CNA.

They also said that the parties are working towards Fridays meeting with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who arrives tomorrow in the Swiss ski resort of Crans Montana, where the UN are hosting the Conference on Cyprus. The meeting is attended by the leaders of the islands two communities, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, as well as representatives of the three guarantor powers, namely Greece, Turkey and the UK. The EU is participating too as an observer.

Invited to comment on the state of play in the Conference, the same sources said that “The parties continue exploring the issues, even the difficult ones, working towards tomorrows meeting with the UNSG.”

The UN non-paper, they noted, “has not been an issue nor has it prevented good discussions from taking place in the conference.”

The diplomatic sources refrained from commenting, when asked to do so, on a report in the English daily The Guardian suggesting that London is working very intensely behind the scenes to convince Turkey to accept a multi-party force, under the EU or the UN, to act as a guarantor.

The paper notes that the issue of security and guarantees is pivotal to the ongoing negotiations, aiming to find a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency