Cyprus talks back on track

Presidents Akinci and Anastasiades have agreed to resume the Cyprus negotiations immediately.

After a dinner meeting on Thursday night hosted by UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide and his Deputy Elizabeth Spehar, the two leaders agreed on a formula to restart the talks.

After negotiations resume in Cyprus, the two sides will hold a conference in Geneva, Switzerland on 9th January. They will produce their respective maps on the 11th January. After which, representatives of the guarantors powers, Turkey Greece and Britain will join the conference from 12th January.

After the dinner on Thursday, the United Nations Spokesperson released the following statement:

“1 December 2016 – Tonight, the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, met at the Head of Mission’s Residence in the UN Protected Area (UNPA) under the auspices of the Special Adviser of the Secretary General (SASG) on Cyprus, Mr. Espen Barth Eide.

The two leaders assessed the state of play of the negotiations and exchanged views on the way forward. The leaders have decided to immediately re-engage in their negotiations and have instructed their negotiators to continue meeting in order to achieve further progress on all outstanding issues interdependently.

The leaders will also meet as required. In line with their joint resolve to reach a comprehensive settlement as soon as possible, they further decided that they will meet in Geneva on the 9th of January 2017. On the 11th of January, they will present their respective maps. From the 12th of January, a Conference on Cyprus will be convened with the added participation of the guarantor powers. Other relevant parties shall be invited as needed”.

After disagreement over territory brought the talks to a halt at Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland, there has been a flurry of activity by the UN and other international parties to get the two leaders back to the negotiating table.

Some kind of plan regarding dates and work programmes which led to a multi-party conference had been presented to both sides and agreed.

UN Special Advisor Eide was involved in intensive shuttle diplomacy between the two sides. Eide with be in Athens today and will travel to Ankara on Monday to gather support for the continuation of the talks.

Cyprus Weekly

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