Akinci leaves for Crans-Montana on Tuesday

President Mustafa Akıncı will leave Cyprus tomorrow to attend the Cyprus Conference in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. The conference begins on 28 June and is expected to last for at least 15 days.

The chapter on Security and Guarantees and the comprehensive discussion on all other issues will continue at the conference, which began in Mont Pèlerin, Geneva on 12 January. The conference was interrupted at the request of Greece for more preparation time.

It is anticipated that the results of the negotiations at the Geneva conference will guide the conference to be held in Crans-Montana.

President Mustafa Akıncı and his chief negotiator Özdil Nami are leaving the island on Tuesday afternoon. He will be accompanied by his wife, Meral, and Special Director Cenk Gürçağ.

A delegation including the President’s spokesman Baris Burcu and EU Special Advisor Erhan Erçin, the President’s Secretary Sertaç Güven, Political Affairs and History Advisor, Commissioner General Coordinator Meltem Onurkan Samani, Legal Affairs Advisor Sule Karabacak, Foreign Affairs Expert İpek Genç, Security Advisor Halil Sadrazam, Economy Advisor Ömer Gökçekuş, Property Committee Member Layik Mesutoğlu and technical experts will attend the conference.

The two delegations, along with political party representatives and members of the press who will be covering the conference, will leave Istanbul on Tuesday afternoon to go to Switzerland.

Also attending the negotiations will be members of the coalition government, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Serdar Denktas (DP) and Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu (UBP).

Additionally, the leader of the main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Tufan Erhürman and shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Armağan Candan; representing the Social Democratic Party (TDP), Chairman Cemal Özyigit and Zeki Çeler will attend the conference in Switzerland..

President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades discussed the chapter on Security and Guarantees for the first time in January 2017 at the Geneva conference.

This was the first time that the Cyprus guarantors came together in many years, briefly presented the reciprocal map proposals to the conference for the first time, even though the conference was cut short due to the request for further preparation by Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias.

The conference proceedings continued at the technical level after a break in the political meetings. Negotiators Ozdil Nami and Andreas Mavroyiannis listed the relevant positions, expectations and concerns of the parties regarding Security and Guarantees at a meeting held by the technocrats representing the guarantor countries.

UN Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, interviewed the parties and guarantors, while working on the negotiations in Cyprus, at certain intervals. He collated the results of the parties’ positions at technical level in Mont Pèlerin and prepared a joint document for the conference.

Eide also announced that on Tuesday that he would hold a press conference at the UN in Geneva.

Kibris Postasi

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