Common document main focus on security

The nine-page common document prepared by UN Cyprus Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide, was given to the two communities’ chief negotiators yesterday.

The document, which is intended to be the basis of the Cyprus Conference in Switzerland on June 28, covers four sections: Constitutional Security, External Security, Internal Security and the Implementation of the solution and is largely based on the discussions between the negotiators and technocrats of the two sides and from Greece, Turkey and Britain, at the previous Cyprus Conference in Mont Pèlerin in January.

Some basic principles such as Cyprus being a member of the European Union and the United Nations are acknowledged in the document.

The positions laid down by the two sides and the framework for addressing the chapter on security and guarantees are contained in the document. No UN bridging proposals are included.

The South’s government is expected to submit its comments on the document within the next few hours.

Cyprus Weekly

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