By Angelos Anastasiou
THE negotiating teams of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities resumed meetings on Friday, as part of the UN-led Cyprus talks.
The meeting was also attended by UNSG’s Special Advisor for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide.
According to sources cited by the Cyprus News Agency, the two negotiators, Greek Cypriot Andreas Mavroyiannis and Turkish Cypriot Ozdil Nami, began discussion on the basis of the guidance given to them by the leaders of the two communities President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, on how to deal with the negotiating chapters, as the leaders are scheduled to enter into substantive talks on June 29.
In statements to the press at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, after returning from a meeting with Akinci, Anastasiades said that the two negotiators “have done a great job in identifying convergences and divergences on all issues”.
This, he noted, allows him and Akinci “to give further instructions for processing based on the interconnected negotiation of chapters, so that on June 29 we actually enter into a substantive negotiation on the chapters that will be before us”.
The next meeting of the two negotiating teams will take place on Tuesday.
In a statement on Friday, Akinci’s press spokesman Baris Burcu said that Tuesday’s session will comprise two meetings, from 9am to noon and 2.30pm to 5pm, at Ledra Palace hotel in the Nicosia buffer zone.
He also said that the location, date, and time of the next cultural and social meeting in the presence of the two leaders has not yet been decided.
Last month, the two leaders met for a social stroll on both sides of the dividing line in Nicosia, while earlier this month Akinci joined Anastasiades in Limassol to watch a play staged by a Turkish Cypriot group. Anastasiades pledged to reciprocate Akinci’s gesture with a social visit of his own.
Meanwhile, Espen Barth Eide on Friday tweeted that he is “impressed by how the two Cyprus negotiation teams, led by Nami and Mavroyiannis, demonstrate courage, creativity, and mutual respect”.
He added that structured and substantial Cyprus talks are well underway, as agreed by the two leaders on Wednesday.
Eide, who departed Cyprus, will return to the island on time for the leaders’ next meeting on June 29.