Cyprus: Anastasiades expresses readiness to attend informal five-party meeting

Cyprus: Anastasiades expresses readiness to attend informal five-party meeting

During today’s meeting at the Presidential Palace with Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Cyprus Jane Holl Lute, the President of the Republic expressed his readiness to participate in the informal five-party discussion within the framework of the letter of the UN Secretary General of October 26, as stated by Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios.

In a statement, the Government Spokesman said that “the President of the Republic had a meeting today with the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Cyprus Jane Holl Lute, with whom he held a constructive discussion regarding the convening of the informal five-party meeting by the UN Secretary General.

During the meeting, the President of the Republic expressed his readiness to participate in the informal five-party meeting within the framework of the UN Secretary General’s letter dated October 26, 2020.

He also expressed the expectation that the informal five-party meeting would lead to a substantial resumption of talks, with the aim of reaching a solution to the Cyprus issue within the agreed solution framework.

Furthermore, the President of the Republic expressed the importance of promoting effective confidence-building measures, as well as the relevant request of the Secretary General which will create the appropriate climate and prospects for achieving the goal of resolving the Cyprus issue.

At the same time, he noted that unilateral actions do not help to create the right climate, nor do they contribute to the success of a new dialogue.

Lute briefed the President on the intention of the UN Secretary-General to convene the informal five-party meeting some time in February.

I would also like to inform you that the President of the Republic has convened a meeting of the National Council for Thursday, January 14, at 11 am, to brief the political leaders,” Kyriakos Kousios told reporters.

Jane Holl Lute met afterwards with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on Monday afternoon.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in his report on his good services in the Cyprus issue which covers the developments between June 19 and December 18, with an unofficial copy delivered to the UN members late Friday afternoon, on the issue of convening an informal meeting in a 5+1 composition states that “the purpose of this meeting will be to determine whether there is common ground for the parties to negotiate a viable, lasting solution to the Cyprus issue within a predictable horizon.”

As he notes, he intends to “invite the parties and the guarantors to this informal meeting as soon as possible in 2021. As I have said many times, this time must be different, and this informal 5+1 meeting will help clarify the true extent of the similarity of the visions and describe the necessary steps on the way forward.”

The prospects for the resumption of negotiations were also discussed in a telephone conversation between Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, as the Cypriot Foreign Ministry announced on Twitter.

“In a telephone conversation, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulidis discussed with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, the ongoing efforts to resume talks on the Cyprus issue and EU-Turkey relations in light of the relevant European Council conclusions of December 2020,” the post states.

On Saturday, Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell also held a teleconference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. /ibna