Anastasiades returns to negotiating table after Constantinople events

Anastasiades returns to negotiating table after Constantinople events

Nicosia, May 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Kyriacos Kyriacou

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades decided to return to negotiating table with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to reunite divided Cyprus, after a telephone conversation he had today with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides stated the Anastasiades is satisfied with his conversation with Ki-moon, adding the the negotiations will continue as long as their is mutual respect between all involved.

The UN’s official reassured the Cypriot President that the UN’s policy on Cyprus has not changed.

Anastasiades- Ban Ki-moon conversation took place in the wake of the events that took place in Constantinople earlier this week, on the sidelines of the UN World Humanitarian Summit, which the Cypriot President attended.

Anastasiades decided on Monday evening not to attend a dinner hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the honour of the Heads of State and Government which attended the Summit, after he learned that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci was invited to the dinner and was going to attend it.

Moreover, Akinci had a meeting in Istanbul with Ban, in the presence of the latter`s Special Adviser on Cyprus, something which also caused Nicosia`s reactions.

Following these events, Anastasiades decided to cancel his meeting on Thursday, in Nicosia, with Eide, as well as his meeting on Friday with Akinci, in the framework of the UN-led talks which aim to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

The UN issued a readout 

During the telephone conversation, the UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades that the UN’s policy on Cyprus has not changed, expressing at the same time his full confidence in the role played by his Special Adviser on Cyprus.

A readout issued by the UN, in Nagoya, Japan, with regard to the Secretary General`s phone call with the President of Cyprus, said that “with reference to recent events in Istanbul, the Secretary-General reiterated that the UN’s policy on Cyprus has not changed. The Republic of Cyprus is the Member State of the UN. “It added that “the bi-communal dialogue that takes place under UN auspices aims at reaching a settlement of the Cyprus issue based on relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”

“The Secretary-General expressed his full confidence in the role played by his Special Adviser, Mr. Espen Barth Eide, promoting that goal, underlining that he has the support not only of himself but also that of the Security Council, the European Union and the wider international community,” the readout noted.

Moreover, it added that “the Secretary-General encourages the two leaders to intensify their efforts towards reunifying Cyprus, in a climate of mutual respect, in order to bring an end to the unacceptable status quo, in the interest of all Cypriots.”