The delegation of the Greek Cypriot side that will be part of the working group at the level of deputies which will begin holding meetings as of January 18, in Mont Pelerin, with the task to identify specific questions with regard to the issue of security and guarantees, and the instruments needed to address them leaves on Tuesday for Switzerland.
CNA has learned that the delegation comprises negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side Andreas Mavroyiannis, member of the negotiating team Toumazos Tselepis, Lt. Colonel, and Military Representative of Cyprus to the EU Military Committee Neophytos Pachoulides, academic Aris Constantinides, diplomat Pantelis Pantelides and two diplomats who work at the negotiator`s office.
According to CNA information, members of the delegation attended on Tuesday morning a meeting under Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.
Participants in the Conference on Cyprus held on January 12, in Geneva, decided to establish a working group at the level of deputies, with the task to identify specific questions and the instruments needed to address them, a statement issued from the Conference on Cyprus said.
According to the statement issued, the group will commence its work on 18 January and the Conference will continue at political level immediately thereafter to review the outcome of the working group’s discussions. In parallel, the negotiations on outstanding issues in the other chapters will continue between the two sides in Cyprus.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY