Athens, Nicosia joint actions before Geneva

Athens, Nicosia joint actions before Geneva

The Prime Minister met at the Maximos Mansion today with the president of the Republic of Cyprus to discuss the prospects of upcoming negotiations in Geneva.

The talks were characterized as substantial, creative and highly constructive by the spokesman for the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulidis.

“Very specific decisions were made that will be immediately forwarded via joint actions both at European and international level” said the spokesman, adding that “there was complete understanding on issues of substance and procedures”.

The common objective, through the initiative undertaken, is to end the occupation and reunify Cyprus in a modern European state without foreign guarantors and occupation armies.

He went on to explain that these are joint actions at European level, as both Alexis Tsipras and Nikos Anastasiadis will hold talks with the heads of EU institutions.

Also, he pointed out the upcoming visit of the Greek Foreign Minister to New York and the contacts of the Cypriot Foreign Minister in the EU. “Exactly in order to promote these very specific decision that were taken during today’s meeting” he underlined.

Asked if a meeting has been scheduled between Alexis Tsipras and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he said that “there is no confirmed date at the moment for such a meeting. We await”.

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Foreign Ministry General Secretary, Dimitris Paraskevopoulos, as well as Cypriot Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kashoulides, took part in the meeting.

The aim is for Nicosia and Athens to be completely aligned for talks from 9-11 January and the conference on 12 January in which Greece will participate as a guarantor power of the Republic of Cyprus based on the 1960 Treaty.

The issues of security and guarantees will be on the agenda, along with the composition of the conference, while progress of negotiations to date will be evaluated.

The Cypriot president will return to Nicosia in the evening as, besides the leaders of parties in the National Council on 5 January, before he travels to Geneva, he will inform the people of developments too, Mr. Christodoulidis stated.

Messages from Turkey are not at all encouraging, as the Turkish side insists on maintaining the guarantors’ system with a different form and the presence of troops after the solution, according to the Cyprus News Agency.

On the subject of procedure, both governments insist that the conference cannot take place without the presence and participation of the Republic of Cyprus. Athens and Nicosia will move in the direction of ensuring the participation of the Republic of Cyprus and, as is known, they have expert advice at their disposal.

At the heart of processes at the Maximus Mansion is the issue in which a series of countries are involved that have pending issues between them. Turkey holds a large part of the situation in its hands while the US and Russia are members of the UN Security Council.

In this context, Alexis Tsipras spoke on the telephone with Vladimir Putin yesterday. The two leaders discussed the Cyprus issue and Syria among other things.

Specifically, an announcement by the Kremlin mentions that the two leaders “discussed a series of international issues, including the situation in Syria and a solution to the Cyprus issue”./ΙΒΝΑ