President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades, who will meet next week with UNSG Antonio Guterres, said on Saturday that at their meeting he will express the strong willingness of the Greek Cypriot side to continue the Cyprus dialogue, which was interrupted by the Turkish Cypriot side last month.
In statements to journalists, the President stressed that the goal of his visit in New York is to reiterate his strong willingness for the resumption of the talks as well as to refer to the framework that a solution must have in order to be viable, functional and accepted by the people.
“I reiterate that our goal is the achievement of a solution that would meet the expectations and the concerns, not only of one community but of both communities”,he noted.
The solution, he added, must definitely not allow any third parties to present themselves as guarantors and must not include the presence of occupation troops either.
Asked if he believes that the Turkish Cypriot leader will return to the negotiating table, he said he hoped he would do so.
The President was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the official start of the Limassol Marathon, that takes place in this Cypriot southern coastal town.
President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades is expected to arrive in New York on Monday early afternoon, for the Invest in Cyprus Capital Link Forum.
According to an official press release, the President, accompanied by Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides, will attend on the 20th of March a dinner organized to his honor by the Cypriot overseas community in New York.
He will also declare the termination of the trading session of the New York Stock Exchange on the 21st of March.
On the next day, the President will hold a meeting with UNSG Antonio Guterres, in the UN headquarters.
During his stay in New York, the Cypriot President will be meeting with Archbishop of America, Demetrios.
President Anastasiades will also address the luncheon organized by the International Forum “Invest in Cyprus”, which will take place at the Metropolitan Club. On the evening of the 22 of March the President will attend a working dinner with officials from ExxonMobil.
On the Thursday, the President will hold separate meetings with British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson and the Foreign and European Affairs Minister of Slovakia Miroslav Lajčák, who will chair the 72nd UN General Assembly.
On the evening of the 23rd of March he will depart to Rome where he will attend the Informal EU Summit for the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty.
ESPEN BARTH EIDE
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will receive on Thursday Espen Barth Eide, Special Adviser of the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus, according to his official calendar.
Commission Spokesman Alexander Winterstein, invited to comment by CNA on a possible meeting, said that “we should know how close the reunification is to the president`s heart, how closely he was involved, for a long time and how open his communication channels are to all parties and players in this process, so this visit is part of this process of the president being involved, but I cannot tell you today exaclty what will be discussed”.
Eide has been in Cyprus over the past week in an effort to resume peace talks between the leaders of the island`s two communities, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.