Tonight will determine the course of the Conference on Cyprus, says President Anastasiades

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said that tonight will determine how the talks will proceed, noting that if the Turkish side makes moves on fundamental issues that concern the Greek Cypriot side, then there can be progress.

In statements at the end of the third day of the Conference on Cyprus, in the presence of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President Anastasiades said on Friday was a creative day during which the SG was informed on all pending issues to see if he can contribute. It was creative, this does not mean that we have got somewhere, he remarked.

Asked if there was progress on any issue, he said, not yet, while asked if there was a way out of current complications, the President replied in the negative, adding that the SG is trying in every way he can to help move the process forward.

Asked if he believed that the working dinner this evening with the heads of the delegations at the Cyprus Conference is critical and invited to say how things will proceed for tomorrow, he replied tonight will determine how we proceed.

When asked if he is more optimistic that something can change with Guterrres’ presence at the Conference, he replied if they move on fundamental issues that interest the Greek Cypriot community, then there can be progress.

The President’s meeting this evening with the UK’s Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Sir Alan Duncan was rescheduled for Saturday morning.

The Conference on Cyprus began on Wednesday, to help find a negotiated settlement to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency