Intense backstage activities to arrange new Geneva Conference

Intensive behind-the-scenes preparations for a new Geneva Conference on Cyprus in June seem evident, despite reservations in the South. The aim of the conference will be to finalise the Cyprus negotiations, one way or another.

The UN believes that the talks are not progressing well, and only another conference in Geneva will bring the talks to an end, with or without an agreement.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci raised the issued of a new Geneva Conference, soon after the leaders’ meetings resumed. President Nicos Anastasiades laid down the conditions that all convergences had to be agreed and differences on the main issues needed to be whittled down.

Turkey’s wish for the EU’s four freedoms to be granted to Turkish citizens, in the event of a solution, still remains alive as does the South’s rejection of the idea.

Greek Cypriot daily ‘Phileleftheros’ quotes its sources as saying that Turkey has suggested that she would be more “flexible’’ on the issues of guarantees and security, within the framework of a conference, if the South accepts the issue of the four freedoms.

Additionally, UN Secretary-General Espen Barth Eide will stand down in summer. He is a strong candidate for the Norwegian Labour Party in the country’s parliamentary elections in September. So, Eide is keen to see a conclusion to the negotiations by June.

Cyprus Weekly

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