Cyprus hopes Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Greece later this month would yield positive results regarding the island’s reunification process, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Friday.
The spokesman briefed reporters after a meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Jonathan Cohen, who was also scheduled to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the afternoon.
Christodoulides said it was an excellent meeting that dealt with the Cyprus problem, energy, bilateral relations, and security and defence.
Particular attention is attached to the expected meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Erdogan, especially discussion of the issue of security and guarantees in relation to the island’s reunification, the spokesman said.
Christodoulides said there was nothing new from the US concerning the Cyprus problem.
“I repeat the common view that the expected meeting between the Greek prime minister and the Turkish president is important and we hope it would yield certain results,” he said.
He added that Cohen and Anastasiades also talked about the participation of the five UN Security Council members in efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem.
“Our position is known, it is also known in the USA,” he said, of the Greek Cypriot side’s view that the members must participate.
“At the moment we are concentrating on the meeting between the Greek premier and the Turkish president and what results will emerge, especially on the substance of the chapter on security and guarantees.”
The latest round of reunification talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana took place between June 28 and July 6 but again ended in deadlock over disagreements on security and guarantees.
Both sides have since blamed each other for the collapse.