GREEK CYPRIOT SIDE EXPRESSES CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM AHEAD OF TALKS

The Greek Cypriot side has expressed cautious optimism ahead of Friday`s resumption of the Cyprus peace talks.

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Government sources have told CNA that the meeting of the two leaders, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, which will begin tomorrow morning in the UN protected area in Nicosia, will focus on the procedure and the structure of the talks as well as the frequency of the meetings of the two leaders and the two negotiators.

The Greek Cypriot side expresses cautious optimism in light of the meeting, since it appears that there are common points between the two sides. However, government sources have pointed out that the willingness for a solution will be proven at the negotiating table.

“There is room for optimism, judging by the discussions we have had so far”, they told the Cyprus News Agency.

Cyprus has been divided since Turkey invaded in 1974 and since then occupies 37% of this Mediterranean EU island.

A new round of UN-backed talks, suspended in the past several months, will begin on Friday morning with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.

In October 2014 Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades suspended his participation in the peace talks aiming to reunite the island, following a Navigational Telex or NAVTEX, issued by Turkey as Turkish seismic research vessel “Barbaros” violated the Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The Turkish NAVTEX, that was renewed in January 2015, expired on April 6 and Barbaros left Cyprus` EEZ.


Article written by CNA