Anastasiades backs down from publicising minutes

Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has announced that he has decided not to make public the minutes of a meeting taken at the Cyprus negotiations in Crans-Montana, after being requested not to do so by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Anastasiades had threatened to make public the minutes of a dinner meeting at the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana after being angered by comments made by UN Special Envoy to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide about Turkey’s stance on security and guarantees for Cyprus during the talks.

The minutes were taken from a dinner attended by several UN officials, Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.

Anastasiades went on to say that even though he will not be making the minutes public, they will be given to the heads of the EU Council and UN Security Council

A statement from the presidential palace read: “Responding to the plea by the UN Secretary General, whose constructive approach to the Cyprus problem I have deeply appreciated, and respecting the diplomatic virtues, I have decided – at this current stage – to not make public the minutes of the dinner of July 6 at Crans-Montana, but to instead make them public to the members of the UN Security Council and to the heads of the European Council and European Commission,”.

Cyprus Weekly

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