By George Psyllides
GREEK and Turkish Cypriot negotiators on Wednesday tabled their separate proposals on aspects of the Cyprus problem, the government spokesman said, ahead of Thursday’s meeting between the leaders of the two communities.
In their five-hour meeting, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Kudret Ozersay discussed the economy, security and guarantees, Nikos Christodoulides said.
The two also talked about the relation between the federal government and the federal states and the relation between the independent officials and the federal government.
The two sides, he added, submitted documents on aspects of the Cyprus problem that had not been submitted so far.
President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will meet on Thursday and could announce confidence building measures if they come to an agreement.
They will also visit the anthropological laboratory of the Committee on Missing Persons located in the United Nations Protected Area, near the now defunct Nicosia airport.
Ozersay said he has submitted a document on territorial readjustment without maps and percentages, which will be discussed at the last stage of the negotiations.
He said the Turkish Cypriot side has also tabled its proposal on the economy, which was followed by a discussion between economists from both sides.
Confidence building measures will be on the agenda of Thursday’s meeting between the two leaders and if they agree they will make an announcement upon its conclusion.
Earlier on Wednesday, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides denied suggestions that the talks had reached a stalemate.
“What we are saying is that there are difficulties and the aim it to tackle these difficulties,” he said.
Christodoulides said the Greek Cypriot side had tabled some 15 confidence building measures and the aim was to have an announcement on Thursday, depending on how the negotiators’ meeting went.