“What is happening tomorrow, whatever the outcome, is historic, because it is the first time in this process that the guarantor powers have actually met with the Cypriots to discuss this very contentious, traditionally very difficult issue of security and guarantees”, stated Espen Barth Eide Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus.
The Conference on Cyprus will be held on Thursday 12th January as planned after the third day of the historic Cyprus talks came to an end today with significant developments for all sides involved.
The map exchange outlining rival proposals for territorial boundaries was fulfilled from both sides today in a historic move for the two communities in Cyprus. As the Special Adviser stressed this is “a very important and historic moment” because “never before have we had an exchange or presentation of maps created by the Cypriot delegations themselves.”
After the exchange, Cypriot government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides made reference to very specific comments submitted in writing by the Cyprus President Mr. Anastasiadis concerning the map presented. He stressed the fact that this is the first time since 1974 that there has been such a development,and said that it is not the end of the road, but the beginning of a negotiation in a very important chapter of the Cyprus issue and confirmed that tomorrow the official conference in Geneva will commence and will solely concern security and guarantees.
Asked if comments were also submitted by the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci he replied that to his knowledge there was no relative motion.
The Special Adviser on Cyprus to the UN added that the Conference is convened by the United Nations and that it is not necessary for a referendum date to be set in Geneva “We don’t need to leave here with a date for a referendum to have a success” he said and added “because after all, when you invite people to vote about something, they need to know what they are voting about, they need to see the deal.”
Meanwhile, the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias met with the Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades. The discussion between Kotzias and Anastasiades would continue into a working dinner with the Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.
The Cyprus President and the Greek Foreign minister will meet on Thursday at 09:30 am local time; the Cypriot President is also expected to meet with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson./ΙΒΝΑ