Cyprus Mail

President says ‘wait and see’ if developments on the cards

The Greek Cypriot side was playing its cards close to its chest on Saturday on possible developments regarding the elusive joint declaration between the two sides that would pave the way for talks to begin.

President Nicos Anastasiades met the party leaders in the morning but refused to be drawn when questioned by reporters afterwards.

A buzz has been created around the fact that UN envoy Alexander Downer turned around on Friday night from boarding a plane home to Australia and returned to the capital to give the negotiations on the statement one last shot for this year.

Anastasiades – who did not meet Downer on his return to Nicosia, nor spoken to him on the phone – would only say: “wait and see”, indicating there might be something afoot in the afternoon following a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in the north.

“It is advisable to wait until the afternoon to see the developments and then there will be full update,” Anastasiades said.

The meeting of party leaders was also attended by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Assistant Attorney General Rikkos Erotokritou, Government Spokesman Christos Stylianidis, the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot community, Andreas Mavroyiannis,  and the Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President Nisos Christodoulides.


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