Spokesman: Leaders confirmed convergences and disagreements, a lot of work remains

Spokesman: Leaders confirmed convergences and disagreements, a lot of work remains

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said that Cyprus talks have entered into sensitive and difficult issues and reached a turning point, adding that neither over-enthusiasm nor disappointment is justified. In statements to CNA, Christodoulides noted that during their meeting, on Monday, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci “confirmed both some convergences and some disagreements.”

Christodoulides also said that President Anastasiades raised during his meeting with Akinci, in the framework of the UN-led Cyprus talks, the issue of Akinci`s recent statements about permanent derogations from the acquis communautaire and guaranteed majorities, noting that the discussion which followed showed that disagreements and different approaches on these issue remain. He added that discussions will continue by the negotiators of the two sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami.

The spokesman noted that during their meeting Anastasiades and Akinci had an open and sincere dialogue, which continued over dinner, and that during their discussion some convergences and some disagreements were confirmed. “In this framework, we have quite a lot of work to do,” he noted, stressing the need for hard work.

Christodoulides said that Mavroyiannis and Nami will continue the effort underway during the next days, focusing on the criteria concerning the property issue until the leaders` next meeting scheduled to take place on October 30.

Asked about the issue of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), Christodoulides said that the two leaders reviewed the situation regarding this issue “and we hope that announcements will be made soon towards the implementation of those that have been agreed by the leaders”. The agreed CBMs, announced earlier this year, include the opening of crossing points, looking into the interconnection of the electricity grids and the interoperability of mobile telephones.

Asked about the issue of Akinci`s recent statements regarding permanent derogations from the acquis communautaire and guaranteed majorities, Christodoulides noted that President Anastasiades raised this issue during Monday`s meeting, stressing the need to secure the four fundamental freedoms, human rights and the acquis communautaire in general and that such a development would be to the benefit of all the people of Cyprus, since both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots cannot live as second-class EU citizens in their own country.

The spokesman added that “from the discussion which followed, it came up that there are still disagreements and different approaches on these issues, and the discussion will continue at the negotiators` level.”

Responding to another question, Christodoulides confirmed that Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will pay a visit to Cyprus on October 26-27, during which he will hold meetings with the political leadership.

Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged since May this year in UN-led talks, aiming to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

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