Nicosia, August 31, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Kyriacos Kyriacou
Negotiations for a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem resume on Tuesday after the summer break, with the property issue high on the agenda.
Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Monday that the property issue and in particular the criteria pertaining to it will be discussed.
During the last meeting of the leaders, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, it was agreed that the individual’s right to property is respected.
The UN Secretary-General`s Special Advisor, Espen Barth Eide told reporters after the meeting at the UN Protected Area in Nicosia that the leaders made progress towards their shared vision of a united, federal Cyprus.
He also said there shall be an “independent Property Commission mandated to resolve property claims based on mutually agreed criteria. The Property Commission shall comprise of equal number of Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot members”.
Government Spokesman Christodoulides said on Sunday that the coming period will be decisive as regards the course of the UN-led Cyprus peace talks, adding that current conditions “allow us to be cautiously optimistic”.
In statements after a memorial service, Christodoulides said Turkey must appreciate the benefits it will enjoy from a settlement of the Cyprus problem.
Eide arrives on the island on Monday and is expected to meet with the negotiators of the two sides before attending Tuesday`s meeting of the leaders.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities, President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since mid May with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.