Nicosia, January 14, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Kyriacos Kyriacou
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has announced that he has accepted an invitation he received on Thursday by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon for a joint meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, while the three of them will be in Davos later this month.
Anastasiades said in a post on his twitter account that he received on Thursday an invitation by the UN Secretary General for a joint meeting with Akinci in Davos, which he accepted.
Anastasiades and Akinci had on Thursday morning a new meeting in the framework of the UN-led negotiations on the Cyprus problem. In statements to the press after his return to the Presidential Palace, Anastasiades said that the negotiations are at a stage in which progress as well as difficulties are ascertained, adding that the two leaders reiterate their determination to find ways to respond to the concerns and the expectations of both sides.
Anastasiades said that they covered the whole range of issues, they exchanged views on basic principles that need to govern some of the core aspects that have not been discussed, and that they reviewed the progress achieved so far, “where there are problems, where we are closer, where we have distance to cover. It was a very useful meeting,” he added.
Responding to a question, Anastasiades said that they discussed the territorial issue and the basic principles that need to govern the regulation of the territorial adjustments, some pending matters regarding the property issues and the issues of governance, the powers related to the conclusion of international treaties, where the principle of the one and single international personality must always be respected.”
We have generally looked into every discussion that has taken place so far, we have identified and recorded the areas in which there is understanding, where we are very close, where there is still distance, so that during the coming months we will methodically focus on the most critical issues, to be able to see where things are going, he noted.
Responding to another question, Anastasiades said that during his trip to Davos for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, he will have a series of meetings. He noted that he will meet among others with the US Vice President Joe Biden and the US Secretary of State John Kerry, adding that he will also hold meetings with other politicians as well as with important economic players.
Replying to a question, the President noted that he will soon inform the National Council, the mass media and the parliament on developments in the Cyprus problem.
According to sources, during their meeting, Anastasiades and Akinci exchanged views mainly on the issues of territory, property and governance. With regard to the territory issue, they looked into the structure and the methodology that need to govern its discussion. They also looked into the issues of each chapter that have not been discussed yet and gave instructions to the negotiators to begin discussing them.
As regards the Technical Committee on Education, the establishment of which was agreed during the leaders` meeting on November 25, 2015, it has been agreed that the Committee will present a plan of work that will be submitted to the leaders for approval.
Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015, with a view to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.