Anastasiades Wants Akinci’s Position on Cyprob in Writing

Greek Cypriot community leader Nicos Anastasiades has proposed drafting a document containing both sides’ convergences and disagreements during his meeting with President Mustafa Akinci which is scheduled for Tuesday, 26 February.

North Cyprus News - Anas - Akinci
Anastasiades – Akinci

According to reports circulating in the Greek Cypriot press, Anastasiades is expected to ask Akinci to provide a written catalogue observing the Guterres framework, containing convergences, disagreements and common understandings between the two sides.

Anastasiades is also expected to ask the Turkish side for a written submission on its positions regarding the six parameters of the Guterres framework, that will be subject to a final settlement.

It is widely anticipated that the Turkish Cypriot side expects Anastasiades to come with concrete proposals to the forthcoming meeting of the two leaders. And that it will make it clear that political equality between the two communities is non-negotiable.

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Jane Holl Lute – Anastasiades

Meanwhile, Anastasiades briefed party leaders in South Cyprus on last weekend’s visit to Cyprus by the UN Secretary-General’s Temporary Special Adviser Jane Holl Lute. He talked about the outcome of talks on Tuesday held between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.

Mrs Lute, who has been facilitating the leaders drawing up terms of reference for new negotiations on the Cyprus issue, left the island on Monday. She was set to have discussions with the three guarantor powers, Turkey, Greece and the UK.

It is not known precisely when these will take place. Nor is it know when Mrs. Lute will return to Cyprus.


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