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Aides prepare for leaders’ meeting

Ozersay with Greek Cypriot counterpart Andreas Mavroyiannis

THE negotiators for the two sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Kudret Ozersay, met on Wednesday and discussed citizenship and EU matters, as well as preparations for the next leaders’ meeting on June 23.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told the Cyprus News Agency: “The Greek Cypriot side submitted a document on the chapter of the economy and the Turkish Cypriot side a document on the issue of citizenship. The next meeting of the negotiators will be held on June 25, with topics for discussion citizenship, the EU and the economy,” he said.

Later, President Nicos Anastasiades told graduates of the Cyprus University of Technology  (TEPAK) in Limassol that  the Greek Cypriot side’s position remained clear in that the two sides should respect the points agreed in the joint declaration that kicked off the current round of talk on February 11.

“Despite the obvious difficulties encountered at the negotiating table, we expect the Turkish side to change its intransigent stance,” said Anastasiades. “We expect the international community to exert its influence on the side that impedes progress so that we can advance to the next phase of talks.”

The Greek Cypriot side says it is waiting for the Turkish Cypriots to table its proposals on all chapters so that the negotiations can proceed to the next stage, but the Turkish side says that although it has expressed its views on how progress can be achieved on some of the outstanding issues, the Greek Cypriot side rejected these suggestions, according to Ozersay.

Commenting on reports in the Greek Cypriot press blaming the Turkish Cypriot side for divergences on several areas in the negotiating chapters, Ozersay added:  “The reason why the Greek Cypriots are blaming us is perhaps because we might have stepped on the foot of some circles opposed to the status quo.”

Osman Ertug, the spokesman for Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu claimed the Turkish Cypriot side was ready to negotiate all chapters on the table and that there was no issue which they were avoiding.

On the contrary, he said, it was the Greek Cypriot side which opposed the creation of a road map, a multilateral conference, timetables and deadlines, and for insisting on conducting open-ended negotiations.

He also said the Turkish Cypriot side had not avoided discussing criteria for territorial adjustments, the internal aspects of security, property, security or guarantees.

“Instead, the Turkish Cypriot side had put forward constructive proposals on all these issues, forcing the Greek Cypriot side to adopt a similar positive approach,” he said.

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