Nicosia.- (CNA) —–The 1st of July is the date when President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mehmet Ali Talat will once again come together in the framework of the ongoing procedure launched under the auspices of the UN aiming at reaching a solution to Cyprus problem.
The date was announced on Friday by the Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou and Ozdil Nami, aide to the Turkish Cypriot leader, during a joint press conference held at Ledra Palas in Nicosia, in the presence of UN Secretary General’s Special Representative, Tay-Brook Zerihoun.
As they both stressed out, the meeting of the two leaders which was expected to take place by the end of June will eventually be held on July 1.
Both expressed hope that another meeting between the two leaders would follow very soon.
Iacovou clarified that despite the fact the meeting is taking place in July, “that doesnʼt mean weʽll need to go into August for a second meeting. I think it will still be held in July”, he pointed out.
Referring to the 21March Agreement, Nami said that after three months of work by the committees “we, as the Turkish Cypriot side, donʼt expect much delay and we look forward for the onset of the full fledged negotiations between the two leaders”, he noted.
During the joint press conference Iacovou and Nami announced a package of 6 agreements that have been achieved in a number of technical committees.
An agreement on Educational programs in Connection with Cultural Heritage (Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage).
An agreement on Road Safety (Tecnhical Committee on Crime and Criminal Matters).
Two agreements in the technical committee on Health concerning the Crossing from and to the Turkish occupied areas of Ambulances in Emergency Cases and on Cyprus Joint Committee on Health.
Two agreements in technical committees on Environment concerning the Cooperation for an island-wide assessment of all major Waste Stream Qualitatively and Quantitatively (Baseline Study) and on Environmental Education.
UN Official, Tay-Brook Zerihoun said these measures will help ease the daily life of Cypriots on the island, adding that there are other measures in the pipeline on which the two sides are close to agreement.
“We believe those additional measures could be announced in the coming days”, he noted, adding that ”the momentum of the process has not slowed. In fact itʼs producing tangible results”.
”The Technical Committees and Working Groups have been meeting since late April and I am told they have so far over 180 meetings. Some of the Committees and Working Groups have made more progress than others but what is important here is that the process remains engaged and on track” Zerihoun said.