President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci hope to reach a convergence on the issue of the territorial adjustments. Source claim Tsipras and Erdogan discussed dates for the multiparty conference on security
Mont Pelerin, Switzerland.- (GreekNewsOnline, CNA)
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci resumed their talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, on Sunday morning, at 0900 local time. Anastasiades and Akinci continue on November 20-21 their discussions in Mont-Pelerin, following a first round of talks they had here on November 7-11, with a view to reach an agreement on the territory issue.
Anastasiades and Akinci wrapped up their meeting in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, at 1330 local time and they were expected to continue their discussions during a working dinner at 2000.
Invited by CNA to say whether further progress and convergences were achieved during the meeting as regards the territorial adjustment criteria, a Greek Cypriot source noted that they did not have anything to say on this yet and recommended patience.
According to information, the working dinner on Sunday evening will be attended by those who participated in this morning`s meeting which began at 0900 local time.
The meeting on Sunday morning was attended by the UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar, the two sides` negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, Cypriot Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides and the Turkish Cypriot leaders` spokesman Baris Burcu. Meanwhile Anastasiades and Akinci will have in the afternoon meetings with their negotiating teams.
President Anastasiades and the Greek Cypriot negotiating team arrived on Saturday afternoon in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland. Later in the evening he held a meeting with his negotiating team. Their discussion continued during a working dinner.
Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said that the aim of the talks is to have an agreement on the territorial adjustment criteria that will then be used to draw a map, so that the two sides can enter the final phase of the negotiations.
According to well informed sources, Turkish Cypriot side is ready to make concessions on the criteria that will be at the end of the meeting will be reflected on maps, in order to get a date for the multiparty conference, that will deal with the security issues/guarantees. The concessions involve Morphou, the percentage of the coast line, as well as the creation of federal areas where refugees could return..
According to the same sources, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during their telephone conversation on Friday, discussed possible dates for such a conference, either on December 16-18, or December 27-28. on Saturday on the Cyprus issue and the EU-Turkey deal on refugees, his office said.
UN Spokesperson in Cyprus Aleem Siddique had said in a written statement after the first round of talks in Mont Pelerin that “during these past five days, the chapter on territory and all other issues were discussed interdependently. Significant progress has been achieved.”
He has also said when asked whether the talks may be extended beyond Monday that this is up to the two sides, adding that the United Nations have no timetables. Our job is to facilitate the two sides in any way we can assist them, he added. At the same time he noted that the UN team facilitating the talks is scheduled to leave Mont Pelerin on Tuesday morning.
UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide wrote on twitter:
“After a week`s recess, a sunny #MontPelerin welcomes #Cyprus leaders & negotiating teams back for continued negotiations. #UnitedByHope,” Eide.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that he is departing for Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, with determination to work towards achieving further progress.
On Friday and Saturday he had separate meetings with former Presidents Giorgos Vassiliou and Demetris Christofias as well as with all parliamentary party leaders who he informed on the state of play of the talks so far and exchanged views.
In statements to the press as he was leaving the Presidential Palace President Anastasiades said that he departs for Mont Pelerin “with the same determination to work so that further progress can be achieved, and hopefully, why not, to create the conditions which will lead us to the final phase and finally to reach a solution”.
He pointed out that he does not overlook the worries and concerns of Greek Cypriots who I represent in the talks nor the views of party leaders which he has listened to.
On the meetings he held during this morning with political party leaders he said that they were “particularly productive and absolutely creative despite any disagreements”, adding that concerns expressed fell within not just an acceptable framework but also a creative framework so that he could listen to “thoughts, concerns and suggestions.”
He expressed the view that the political leaders, despite having their own views, also felt at ease to discuss all the matters that concern them just as he did.
Asked whether we are now at a stage which is closer to an agreement President Anastasiades said that he would be able to give further information on that on Tuesday.
“Allow me to tell you much more on Tuesday,” he said.
THE PARTY LEADERS
Speaking after his meeting with the president, Akel leader Andreas Kyprianou said he hoped more progress would be achieved in Switzerland so as to bring the two sides close to a deal.
“The important thing is for a deal to be within reach to be able to define the next stage, the next phase, which will be the international meeting,” Kyprianou said.
Kyprianou, whose party is expected to play a pivotal role in approving a deal, warned that failure to settle the problem “would not lead to stability, as some say, or that the Republic of Cyprus will be safeguarded; failure to resolve the Cyprus problem will be like being in quicksand that could go either way with severe consequences for Cyprus and the Cypriot people.”
The chairman of hardline Diko, Nicolas Papadopoulos, said it was wrong that the president did not consult the national council before leaving for the talks.
“In any case, we hope that the president will defend the interests of Cypriot Hellenism and the Republic itself, and return from Switzerland with substantive progress in the crucial issue of territory,” he said after his meeting with Anastasiades.
Papadopoulos said Greek Cypriots wanted a functional and viable solution to the problem and not one “that would allow Turkey to have an eternal influence and presence on this island.”
He said his party would support a right solution but it would also resist one that would give Turkey those rights.
Ruling Disy chief Averof Neophytou said he expected the two sides to submit several maps during the two-day talks provided there was agreement on the criteria.
He expressed hope that the two sides would come to an agreement, paving the way for a multilateral meeting.
“At that stage it would be judged if Turkey wants a solution of the Cyprus problem,” he said.
Neophytou said a deal in Switzerland would depend on whether there are convergences on the criteria and from then on it was expected that several maps would be exchanged.
On Friday, Anastasiades expressed the hope that a comprehensive proposal for the solution of the Cyprus problem would soon be ready to be brought before the people for approval.
Addressing the graduation ceremony of the Open University of Cyprus, Anastasiades congratulated the students saying that what they needed was a country worthy of their hopes, adding that “this leads me to the first and ultimate goal, the solution of the Cyprus problem”.
In his speech, which was read out by Minister of Transport, Marios Demetriades, Anastasiades said it was high time to create conditions of security and cooperation, a homeland without occupation armies, where human rights and freedoms were safeguarded.
He expressed the hope “soon to be in a position to have tangible results for a comprehensive proposal for the solution of our national problem, which we will put before the citizens for approval”.