On Tuesday, a meeting of the National Council was held under the chairmanship of Nikos Anastasiades, where the political leaders were informed about the latest developments in the Cyprus issue.
At the end of the meeting, Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios made statements, informing that in addition to the political leaders, the meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side Andreas Mavrogiannis.
According to the Government Spokesman, “the President of the Republic briefed the political leaders on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, on the contacts and exchanges of views he had with the European institutions and with EU heads of state and government, as well as with other EU officials.” international community “.
“He also briefed the political leaders on the process to be followed during the five-party conference in Geneva and once again called on the political leaders to accompany him during the five-party process. All political parties, with the exception of ELAM, have accepted the invitation of the President of the Republic and the political leaders will be present in Geneva”, Kyriakos Kousios added.
The President of the Republic also informed the political leaders that before the visit to Geneva there will be another meeting of the National Council, while in the meantime the sessions of the advisory group that will advise the President of the Republic and the negotiator will continue.
For its part, the UN is lowering the bar of expectations for the informal 5 + 1 meeting on April 27-29 in Geneva. The aim seems to be to reach a joint statement at the end of the meeting that will refer to an agreement on the process and possibly on the substance of the Cyprus issue.
According to Jane Holl Lute, the program of the informal meeting will include on the first day of April 27 an “acquaintance” meeting of all parties involved. The next day, April 28, a meeting of the leaders of the two communities will take place, with the representatives of the three guarantor countries and the representative of the UN. In addition, there will be bilateral contacts on the part of the UN or possibly the parties. According to the data so far, nothing has been planned for the last day of April 29, but it might be necessary if there is a need to continue the consultations./ibna