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Leaders await for a joint ‘low politics’ CBM list, Spokesman says

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides

Cyprus Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Sunday that President Nicos Anastasiades and new Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci asked their negotiators to prepare a joint list of `low politics` confidence building measures.

Invited to comment on remarks made by Turkish Cypriot negotiator, Ozdil Nami, Christodoulides said this list will be submitted to the two leaders who have the sole competency to decide which measures will be adopted.

Anastasiades and Akinci met on Monday, May 11, in the presence of UN Secretary-General`s Special Adviser for the Cyprus problem, Espen Barth Eide, in a meeting that marked the resumption of the UN- brokered talks after ten months.

Noting that both leaders` will to proceed with CBMs is important, Christodoulides noted that “they understand the added value such a process will have in parallel to the negotiating process in support of talks overall aim.”

“We should wait until the meeting in May 29 during which this is issue will also be discussed,” he added.

Replying to a question, Christodoulides said the negotiations on the various aspects of the Cyprus problem is expected to begin in the May 29 meeting.

Noting that the Greek Cypriot side hopes that the conditions for a positive result would be created though a sincere and substantive dialogue with the contribution of all parties involved, the Spokesman pointed out however that “all will be determined on the negotiating table.”

He described the election of Mustafa Akinci as the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community as “a positive development,” noting that Akinci spoke publicly on the need to reunify Cyprus and terminate the island`s occupation.

However, he pointed out that Turkey`s active involvement is a necessary component to create the conditions that would warrant optimism.

“On the Cyprus President`s side, there is an absolute readiness and political will and we expect with the start of the talks with Akinci to see how the process is moving forward,” he added.

Furthermore, speaking during a ceremony in Pafos, Christodoulides “the termination of the Turkish occupation, the reunification of our country, and the creation of the conditions that would allow all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots alike to live in peace remains our top priority.”

“President Nicos Anastasiades is determined to continue working hard in order to create conditions that will allow us to be optimistic about a positive outcome that will end the occupation and reunite our country,” he concluded.


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