President to brief parliament on settlement talks in closed session

President to brief parliament on settlement talks in closed session

The House plenary voted on Thursday to hold a closed session on September 15, during which President Nicos Anastasiades will brief MPs on the latest developments regarding settlement talks.

According to Sofoklis Fyttis, the acting President of the House, the session will be attended by MPs, who will not be allowed to carry any mobile phones, and two staff members to take minutes. Nobody else will be allowed in, Fyttis stressed.

The decision to hold a closed session was taken with 47 votes in favor and two against.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed on May 15, this year.

President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci resumed talks last Tuesday, following a short break in August, and according to Espen Barth Eide, the UN Secretary-General`s Special Adviser in Cyprus, “the positive and constructive dialogue between the two leaders continues to create forward momentum”.

Negotiators of the two communities, Greek Cypriot Andreas Mavroyiannis and Turkish Cypriot Ozdil Nami have also resumed meetings in late August, to prepare for the September meetings of the two leaders.

As CNA learns, the two negotiators are having on Friday morning a new meeting, in the presence of Pieter van Nuffel, the personal representative of the President of the European Commission in Cyprus talks, to discuss EU matters, while the discussion will continue on Monday with property issues.

As Eide said on Tuesday, the negotiators will continue to meet intensively ahead of the next leaders` meeting, on September 14, on an almost daily basis.