Critical week ahead for the Cyprus talks

The future of the Cyprus negotiations will, to a great extent, be clarified this week and the fear is that the negotiations will probably collapse if a decision to go to Geneva to resume the international conference on Cyprus, is not taken this week.

Citing diplomatic sources, journalist Esra Aygin writes that the leaders might agree this week on the Geneva issue and that a negative result could have serious consequences including the UN abandoning the process.

According to Aygin’s sources, all sides now know what the final solution plan will be on all chapters and that the whole issue is “who, on what issue will show his hand, that is to say, it is about the method and not the content”.

The sources assert that President Anastasiades has taken a step backwards from insisting on the discussion of territory, security and guarantees at the beginning of the conference.

The same sources also argued that it is definite that no one will be appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus to replace Espen Barth Eide, whose contract ends in September, and that reduction in the numbers of the UN Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus is very likely.

Yeni Duzen

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