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Significant progress in Cyprus talks

 

August 2016

Very little, or nothing more, remains to be agreed on the legislative and judiciary chapters in the ongoing negotiations for a settlement to the Cyprus problem, while substantial progress has also been made on the executive, with some sticking points, remaining open, including the issue of the rotating presidency, President Nicos Anastasiades said.

Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace after meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on 22 July, Anastasiades said "significant progress" has been achieved on legislative and judiciary issues, for which "very little or none at all" remain to be agreed.

"As regards the executive, there has also been substantial progress, with a few remaining issues, which are considered significant, including the rotating presidency," he said.

Anastasiades said that, while disagreement remains over the principle of rotating presidency – with Akinci favouring it but the Greek Cypriot side rejecting it – the "preferred solution" has been established as a presidential system, which "offers stability".

The president added that discussion will now move forward to more burning issues, including security, before the end of July.

"Discussion might not include names, etc., but, in any case, certain parametres within which negotiations to reach agreement will be set. Our position remains unchanged, that there can be no guarantees, nor any arrangements that allow a third country to interfere with Cyprus’ domestic affairs.

 

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