Leaders’ meeting tomorrow set to determine course of negotiations, Spokesman says

Leaders’ meeting tomorrow set to determine course of negotiations, Spokesman says

Nicosia, September 13, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

Tomorrow`s meeting between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus will determine how the UN-led negotiating process, aiming at a political settlement, will move forward, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said.

He made it clear that this is certainly not the end of the road since there are disagreements and different approaches as well as significant convergences and understandings, noting that the effort will continue.

Christodoulides was speaking to the press before the conclusion of today`s meeting on domestic issues held today at the Presidential Palace under President Nicos Anastasiades and with the participation of the leaders of the parliamentary parties.

The Spokesman said that the party leaders have been invited by the President to attend tomorrow’s meeting of the National Council, the top advisory body to the President on the handling of the question of Cyprus, to discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus issue which entered an intensive phase this month. The National Council will convene in the afternoon.

He explained that after tomorrow’s meeting a press release will be issued, not a joint communique, as some party circles have suggested. The press release will record in a nutshell the results of the latest round of intensified talks.

Asked about the content of the press release, he said that it is a press release like the ones issued in the past after consecutive meetings of the two leaders, adding that it would reflect what has been discussed at those meetings and how the leaders see the process moving forward.

He also noted that there would be no specific reference in the press release to the results of the negotiations and specific chapters, and described it as a general press release.

Asked to comment on optimism expressed by UN regarding the negotiations, Christodoulides said that the results of the negotiations would decide whether “we will move from cautious optimism to absolute optimism” adding that “our side is negotiating with seriousness in order to achieve the goal of reunification of the island”

UN-led peace talks are underway between President Anastasiades and Akinci since May last year with a view to finding a negotiated settlement, to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency