UN asks the leaders to answer three questions

The first day of the Conference on Cyprus concluded with the Under Secretary General of the UN Jeffrey Feltman putting three questions to the two sides in Cyprus to come back with written answers before the arrival of the SG on Friday.

At the same time, a proposal by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu did not satisfy President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades as it is not something new.

The proposal calls for treaties of guarantees and alliances, the Turkish troops in Cyprus and the implementation of a solution.

Reliable sources said that President Anastasiades said the proposal was not anything new or unheard of and within this framework, it does not satisfy the Greek Cypriot side.

During the first day of the conference, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias talked about the European perspective and especially the issue of the implementation of a solution and gave examples to show the EU’s significance.

At the same time, the EU’s e First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, in an intervention, said that the EU provides for a security and guarantees framework at all levels.

However, Cavusoglu is said to have been upset by the references to the EU, as it has become clear that the EU is now entering the discussions on security and guarantees.

Feltman stepped in to pose three questions that he would like the discussion to concentrate on, how the two sides see the day after a solution, how will the concerns of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on the issue of security will be addressed and the mechanism for the implementation of a solution.

The two sides should give their positions by Thursday in writing, allowing for a discussion that will eventually lead to the arrival of the UNSG on Friday in Crans Montana.

On Thursday the deliberations will continue from 9-11am local time with a continuation of the discussion on guarantees and at 11-1300 discussion on territorial, property and governance between the leaders of the two communities.

The Conference on Cyprus, being held under the auspices of the United Nations, started Wednesday morning at Le Regent Congress Centre in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Source: Cyprus News Agency