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Party leaders to be briefed before next leaders’ meeting on September 2

By Staff Reporter

President Nicos Anastasiades said on Monday two meetings would be held with the party leaders before he resumes negotiations with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on September 2.

He said the two meetings prior to the resumption of talks would not replace the planned three-day meeting of the National Council, which would still be held before Anastasiades leaves for New York to attend the UN General Assembly later next month.

The decision for the meetings with the party leaders was made on Monday at a meeting Anastasiades held at his Troodos summer retreat with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides and Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos.

In comments to reporters following the Troodos meeting, the President said he and his aides had discussed the next steps on the stalled talks.

“The meeting was related to my meeting on September 2 with the Turkish Cypriot leader, but also to the overall effort to find a way to address the dialogue that is under way,” he said.

“In the coming week, there will be a series of meetings both with the team of the interlocutor as well as with the leaders of the political parties in order for them to be briefed on an important project that is being carried out by the interlocutor’s team and so that that we can have the reaction of the party leaders at a follow-up conference certainly before September 2. In other words, there will be two conferences with the political party leaders: one for briefing on and handing of the project that the interlocutor’s team will complete, and the second for the views of the parties to be heard, once they have been briefed,” he added.

He made it clear this would not affect the National Council’s planned in-depth discussion of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the current situation. “The three-day conference of the National Council will take place before my departure for the United Nations and I want to believe that through the initiatives that are being undertaken, in other words the good preparation by the Greek Cypriot side, there will be a broader consensus among the political forces with regard to the handling of the national issue,” he said.

 

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