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Negotiations to continue in the new year

 

25 December 2015

The Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide plans to try and bring the two sides together with the guarantor powers informally during the World Economic Forum in Davos next month, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Sunday.

Eide is the World Economic Forum`s Managing Director. The summit will take place between January 20 and 23 in Davos, Switzerland.

Citing a government source, CNA said President Nicos Anastasiades had been invited to attend the Forum, like last year. Howevet this year, the same source said similar invitations had also been sent to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and the representatives of the island`s three guarantor powers Greece, Turkey and Britain. Greece has not yet been informed, although Eide is scheduled to meet Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in Athens, the report said.

The issue of guarantees is as thorny as the property. The Greek Cypriot side and Greece want none but the Turkish side has set its guarantorship as a red line. It was always going to be a feature of the negotiations that a multilateral conference would be held closer to a solution.

Responding to reportersí questions on Sunday, Anastasiades said: "I was invited and I have accepted an invitation to participate at the meeting in Davos by the organisers but it is not the intention to participate in a multilateral conference. I will participate in an international economic forum which has nothing to do with the Cyprus problem, but there will be bilateral meetings on the sidelines."

Anastasiades said his final meeting of the year with Akinci last week was productive and that they had reviewed the negotiations so far.

Asked about how long it would take to resolve the property issue, Anastasiades said the negotiations were not limited to that particular topic to the exclusion of others such as territorial adjustments, guarantees and the timeline for the withdrawal of Turkish troops so a conclusion of the topic could not be determined in isolation.

"What we seek is a comprehensive, overall view of all parameters in order to achieve a sustainable, workable and lasting solution," he added.

An earlier statement from the UN said Anastasiades and Akinci had evaluated negotiations since talks began on May 15, 2015 and expressed their satisfaction with the progress that had been achieved to date. "While acknowledging that the tasks ahead remain difficult, the leaders are determined to maintain the positive momentum with their next meetings," it added.

The dates have been fixed for January 7, 14 and 29.

Joint season's greetings

For the first time, the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders of Cyprus took to the airwaves together to send out holiday wishes in both Greek and Turkish.

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said during a televised message Thursday they hoped the new year ushers in a peace accord.

Anastasiades expressed hope that next year sees Greek and Turkish Cypriots living peacefully together again in a reunified Cyprus. Akinci said he hoped 2016 would bring lasting peace, calm and prosperity to all. It must be noted that Anastasiades spoke in both Greek and Turkish and Acinci spoke in Turkish and fluent Greek.

 

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