Despite the usual difficulties, the outcome of today’s meeting is seen as a first positive step in the effort for the discussions to be relaunched, President Nicos Anastasiades stated following his sit-down this evening with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in Berlin.
Speaking to the press after the dinner, the President of Cyprus stated that “throughout the day there has been a creative effort; consultations on behalf of the negotiators and the Special Envoy of the SG, which led through the consensus of the SG and the two leaders to the points included in the joint statement issued by the UN as an announcement by the SG.
Despite the usual difficulties, the outcome of today’s meeting is seen as a first positive step in the effort for the discussions to be relaunched.
I find it rather important that the SG reiterated his determination to continue to work with the leaders and the guarantors, in order to secure an informal five-member meeting. A meeting mandated by the terms of reference, that would allow the resumption of a targeted and creative dialogue that could lead us to a viable and functional solution.
Another point I would like to underline is the convergence between the two leaders’ positions on the key parameters that will govern the solution sought, as outlined in the joint statement; these include the joint declaration of 11 February 2014; the convergences achieved thus far; and of course the six-point framework by the SG.
I would like to point out that, in order for effective negotiations to be commenced, apart from the agreement upon the terms of reference, Turkey must of course put an end to the unlawful acts against the Republic of Cyprus; to any threats regarding settlement scenarios in Famagusta or any threats of faits accomplis in the dead zone. /ibna