Negotiators of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, will present on Thursday to Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci the pending issues of the chapters discussed at the talks on the Cyprus problem, and the two leaders will decide on how to proceed with the discussion of these issues.
The two negotiators met on Tuesday to look into the pending issues which they will present to the leaders during their meeting on Thursday, in the framework of their UN-led talks negotiations aiming to solve the problem of Cyprus, and then Anastasiades and Akinci will decide on how they will proceed with their discussion, a well-informed source has told CNA. It added that the aim is to minimize the differences and achieve co-understanding.
As regards the discussion of the issue of security and guarantees, it noted that a brainstorming is expected to take place between the leaders during their talks in Nicosia and in view of the continuation of the Conference on Cyprus at the political level, expected to take place in March.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Monday that “we will probably have in the second half of March a meeting of the guarantor powers` Foreign Ministers, the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the representative of the Turkish Cypriot community.”
Anastasiades and Akinci, who had a meeting on February 1, in the framework of UN-led talks on the Cyprus problem, requested the United Nations to prepare, in consultation with the guarantor powers, for the continuation of the Conference on Cyprus at political level in early March.
They also decided that they will meet weekly through the month of February to address outstanding issues and that their negotiators will also continue their regular meetings.
The Conference on Cyprus convened, on January 12, in Geneva, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, with the participation of Anastasiades and Akinci, the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer, to address the issue of security and guarantees, a crucial chapter in discussions for a Cyprus settlement.
The Conference decided to establish a working group at the level of deputies to identify specific questions and the instruments needed to address them, and that the Conference will continue at political level immediately thereafter to review the outcome of the working group’s discussions.
In parallel, according to the decision, the negotiations on outstanding issues in the other chapters will continue between the two sides in Cyprus.
The working group of deputies met in Mont-Pelerin, Switzerland, on January 18-19, and according to the UNSG`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide “successfully completed the mandate entrusted to it by the Conference.”
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led negotiations since May 2015, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.