President Anastasiades met with the Secretary-General of the UN and the T/C leader, in New York, Sunday

President Anastasiades met with the Secretary-General of the UN and the T/C leader, in New York, Sunday

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades met on Sunday 4 June 2017, at the UN Headquarters, in New York, with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mustafa Akinci.

Following a working dinner hosted by the UN Secretary-General, which lasted for nearly four hours, and in the presence of President Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, the Secretary-General read out the following statement to the Press:

«The Secretary – General met today with the Greek Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades, and with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci.

The leaders and the Secretary-General agreed on the need to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus in June, in line with the 12 January statement of the conference.

All agreed that the Chapter on Security and Guarantees is of vital importance to the two communities. Progress in this chapter is an essential element in reaching an overall agreement and in building trust between the two communities in relation to their future security.

The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General, Espen Barth Eide, will engage with all participants in the preparation of a common document to guide the discussions on security and guarantees, based on the outcome of the meetings of the conference on Cyprus in Geneva and Mont Pelerin.

The leaders agreed to continue in parallel the bi-communal negotiations in Geneva on all other outstanding issues, starting with Territory, Property and Governance and Power-sharing.

The leaders and the Secretary-General agreed that all issues will be negotiated interdependently and that nothing is agreed till everything is agreed, as per the joint declaration of 11 February 2014.

In the follow-up to this meeting, the Secretary-General will reach out to the other participants of the conference: Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom and the European Union as an observer.»

Replying to a question on whether a date has been set for a new conference in Geneva, the Secretary General said that “consultations need to be done with the guarantors.”/IBNA