Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades` meetings in New York with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry took place in a positive climate, reliable sources told CNA and noted that everyone is expecting the outcome of the Turkish elections that will take place on November 1st, to see if it is possible to pave, with Ankara`s aid, the way for a Cyprus settlement.
According to the same sources, Ban said during the meeting with President Anastasiades that he himself, the UN Security Council and the EU support the effort which is under way in Cyprus, that he follows the situation closely and that he is ready to offer his assistance if the two parties need his help. Ban is expected to submit a report to the Security Council on his good offices mission by the end of the year.
On his part, President Anastasiades referred to the process that has been agreed, with the negotiators of the two Cyprus communities keeping a record about the various aspects which are discussed and the two leaders holding negotiations on the issues on which there is disagreement. He also noted that the two leaders will meet more often in November.
Anastasiades stressed the need of being more careful in order to avoid mistakes of the past, as in 2004, with the Secretary General expressing his agreement on that. Furthermore Ban recalled that the process is owned by the two leaders and expressed his readiness to offer his assistance if they wish him to do so.
President Anastasiades told Ban that all the parties involved must show willingness to take concrete measures, stressing that he expects Ankara to act towards this direction.
During his meeting with Kerry, Anastasiades reiterated the need for the Turkish government to take concrete steps after the elections. Moreover, he noted that if things move on, the financial aspect of the settlement should be settled before a referendum regarding the solution of the Cyprus problem takes place.
On his part, Secretary Kerry said that he is considering a visit to the region. With regard to regional issues, he appeared ready to build on the successful outcome of the agreement with Iran and the good climate created due to Russia`s decisive contribution.
As regards bilateral issues, the US Secretary of State expressed the US administration’s willingness for the continuation of the dialogue between Cyprus and the US as regards terrorism, security, maritime and other issues, underlining the need for the institutionalization of this cooperation.
Anastasiades and Kerry also discussed about energy issues and the Egyptian Zohr gas field as well as the potential of using it for Europe`s needs.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN-led negotiations between President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci began in May this year with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY