Negotiators to meet on Friday ahead of leaders’ meeting next week

Negotiators to meet on Friday ahead of leaders’ meeting next week

Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami will meet again on Friday ahead of the leaders` meeting scheduled for Monday July 27th, in the framework of the UN led talks aiming to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

The last meeting between the two leaders, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, took place on July 10th.

President Anastasiades said after the last meeting that the role the EU can play in the efforts to reach a federal Cyprus solution, is intensified and strengthened.

“What we are seeking is to safeguard, through the rules of the EU, what has been agreed: the bizonal, bicommunal federation and political equality”, he said, adding that “consequently there is nothing that prevents the implementation of the European acquis. On the contrary, the role that the EU can play is being intensified and upgraded in the effort to reach a federal solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of all that has been agreed.”

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said the the negotiation process will remain under the auspices of the UN, and added that EU is an important factor that will contribute in this process.

UNSG`s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide noted that the negotiations entered the most intense period so far, with substantial everyday meetings.

He said that in the last meeting the two leaders continued discussions and focused on aspects of governance and power-sharing, on property, criteria on territory, EU issues and economic matters. He also said that the leaders discussed the ongoing implementation of a range of confidence building measures.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities, President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since mid May with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.