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Proposals to be submitted on all issues

By George Psyllides
BEFORE moving on to the give and take phase of reunification talks the two communities must submit their positions on all core issues, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Tuesday, as the Turkish Cypriot side insisted that no concession could be made on the rotating presidency.
Christodoulides said the second phase of the talks aimed at finding common ground between the two sides and minimising differences in a bid to move on to the give and take phase of the talks.
A statement by the UN special representative after a meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on Monday, said the two sides had agreed to “submit and to continue submitting proposals on all core issues, as well as to conclude this phase as soon as possible”.
Christodoulides said it satisfied the Greek Cypriot position of discussing interrelated matters at the same time “and not just focus on issues like governance that mainly interest the Turkish Cypriot side.”
On Monday Eroglu said the two sides had differences on issues where there was agreement before.
The Greek Cypriots, he said, want the president to always be Greek Cypriot and the vice president Turkish Cypriot instead of having rotating presidency.
Rotating presidency had been put on the table by former President Demetris Christofias on condition that Turkish Cypriots accepted cross-voting.
Eroglu rejects cross-voting but he reiterated on Tuesday that rotating presidency was necessary for his side and no concessions could be made.
Toumazos Tselepis, former ruling party AKEL’s head of the Cyprus desk, said Eroglu’s reaction was laughable.
It was a fact that rotating presidency had been on the table since the beginning of the 90s and it was also a fact that it was among the agreements between Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat “as a package with cross-voting.”
“It was Eroglu himself who then rejected cross-voting,” Tselepis said.
The AKEL official said the results of Monday’s meeting were not encouraging: Eroglu on one hand declaring that he was in a hurry and on the other hand being unable to realise what is self evident.
“For the negotiating process to proceed to the third phase all chapters and their aspects must be first discussed in detail, including territory, settlers, and security,” Tselepis said.

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