Geneva Summit begins this morning

The two Cypriot community leaders will kick off the Cyprus Summit in Geneva this morning.

President Mustafa Akinci and President Nicos Anastasiades meet at 9am (local time) at the UN hosted summit.

They will discuss Management and Power Sharing and brainstorm on Security and Guarantees at the summit.

Meanwhile, leaders and delegations will meet with heads of the Turkish and Greek political parties in Geneva for dinner tonight.

The negotiations will continue for three days in a series of six meetings.

Today’s meeting will deal with the property issue, Management and Power Sharing, and will hold brainstorming session on Security and Guarantees. These topics likely spill over into the next day.

On Tuesday, Economy and EU issues will be discussed. While on Wednesday morning territory will be on the agenda. At this stage, it is expected that maps will be produced. In the afternoon, the talks will cover property and any other unresolved issues.

If progress is made in the first three days of the negotiations, the international conference will continue on into Thursday, where the guarantor powers will also attend.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will also participate in the conference, as well as the guarantors – Turkey, Greece and the UK.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he would not attend the conference as originally planned. No explanation has been given yet as to why he took that decision.

EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker has also announced that he will attend the conference, where members of the UN Security Council are expected to be present.

President Akinci and President Anastasiades, who have been negotiating since May 2015, held a two-round Cyprus summit in the town of Mont Pelerin near Geneva in November 2016.

Switzerland hosted the Bürgenstock summit on the Annan Plan in 2004, as well as the treaty for the establishment of the “Republic of Cyprus” in Zurich in 1959.

Kibris Postasi

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