Nicosia.- President Demetris Christofias will be well prepared when he begins discussion on the thorny issue of property during the ongoing Cyprus talks, House President Marios Garoyian said.
Garoyian said he had been briefed by the President on how the entire process was going and how he plans to enter his next meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat on January 28.
Christofias also informed Garoyian on the points that both leaders agreed and disagreed on.
“The Presidentʼs aim is for there to be correct cooperation, based on compromise, understanding and correct information between the two sides,” said Garoyian.
He was asked if a report was being prepared on the positions of the two sides.
“The President of the Republic, as well as our negotiating team, will prepare documents that will be very important for all of us, so we can examine them and see what we have achieved so far, what situation we are in and it will be a helpful element for future meetings,” Garoyian explained.
These documents, he said, would be used to inform the National Council on how the process is going.
“Based on the information we received, it seems the President is going very well prepared [to his next meeting with Talat]. He has set his frame of principles and the way in which he is planning to negotiate,” said Garoyian. “The rights in the properties issue are based on international justice and human rights and the treaties we signed as the Republic of Cyprus. Therefore we will not bargain our undeniable rights. These are our sideʼs constant and steady positions, and we have no doubt that the President of the Republic will negotiate with and promote these positions.”
Meanwhile, Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou met on Friday with his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Ozdil Nami, to discuss and record everything that took place during discussions on the most recent chapter of the direct talks, involving the government that will rule Cyprus if a solution is found to the Cyprus problem.
According to Government Spokesman Stefanos Stefanou, the two will meet again this week to pick up from where they left off.