Anastasiades: “The dialogue will continue in Cyprus, on all issues”

Anastasiades: “The dialogue will continue in Cyprus, on all issues”

The further procedure and methodology with regard to the negotiations on the Cyprus problem will be determined on February 1st, said the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, who had, today, a meeting with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mr Mustafa Akinci.

In his remarks to reporters, following his return to the Presidential Palace from the site of the talks on the Cyprus problem, President Anastasiades, in response to a question, said that during his today’s meeting with Mr Akinci, “the first thing that took place was the briefing by the interlocutors about the talks that took place in Mont Pelerin.

The second is that it was decided that the dialogue will continue in Cyprus, on all issues, with the determination to work so that whatever differences remain will be narrowed and, if possible, to have a conclusion on most of the issues: continuation on all the issues, I repeat, and I mean about all six chapters; whereas, at the same time, we said that on February 1st we will meet in order to determine the further procedure and methodology of the negotiations.”

Asked whether the possibility of a second conference in Geneva will be among the issues to be discussed with Mr Akinci on February 1st, the President said that this issue “is among the issues that will be certainly discussed. The Geneva Conference was not either the beginning or the end, and consequently the dialogue needs to continue on the important issue that concerns the guarantees.”

Asked to comment on remarks made by the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr Tugrul Turkes, the President said that “I would like to be restrained, but I cannot but note something that I also raised during today’s meeting: that as long as Turkish officials resort to similar unacceptable statements, the only thing they succeed in is the creation of a negative climate, whereas, at the same time, of course, they also make it necessary for us to say that it is inconceivable for there to be a solution to the Cyprus problem through such demands.” He added that “I don’t intend to comment on similar, baseless, unsupportable statements.”

Asked about the references of the Special Advisor of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Espen Barth Eide, about a five party conference in Geneva, the President said that “he has not read that all those necessary to be present must be present as well. And with regard to that, I reserve my answer for when Mr Eide is here for the right representations to be made, so that he will be careful enough in his remarks and in what he informs or says.”/IBNA