The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, characterized as creative his meeting, today, with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mustafa Akinci, during which the further course of the talks on the Cyprus problem was discussed.
In his remarks to reporters after his arrival at the Presidential Palace from the site where the talks on the Cyprus problem take place, the President said that today’s meeting “was a creative meeting during which the further course of the talks was discussed.
A relevant announcement will be issued by the United Nations and I believe that there is no need for further statements, other than the content (of the UN announcement), which is both substantive and informative on the course that we will follow from now on.”
Asked if today the issue of four freedoms was discussed the President said that “it was not discussed at all. We discussed on the methodology of the further course.”
Replying to a question whether the issue concerning remarks by Turkish officials was raised today, the President said that “I raised the issue also during yesterday’s meeting (with the UNSG’s Special Adviser) and at today’s meeting: that the less is said the better it can contribute to the positive climate we want to prevail in the intra-Cypriot dialogue; and, therefore, any remarks made whether overoptimistic or in the opposite direction do not contribute to what at least the two communities want, to what the leaders of the two communities are pursuing.”
In response to a question whether he is worried by the tension between Greece and Turkey over the last few days, the President said that “it is a negative factor, but I want to hope that the problems will be overcome./IBNA