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Focus on guarantees when Eide visits Turkey

UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide

ESPEN Barth Eide, the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, will be travelling to Ankara toward the end of this month to discuss certain aspects of a Cyprus settlement, the state broadcaster reported on Monday.

Citing government sources, CyBC said Eide’s agenda of talks with Turkish officials will revolve around elements of the negotiations which concern Turkey.

One such item would be the question of guarantees for the new Cypriot state.

Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom are the three guarantors of the Republic of Cyprus, under the Treaty of Guarantee promulgated in 1960.

A United Nations source also told the state broadcaster that the ‘constructive and positive’ climate between the two sides in Cyprus continues to bear results.

The same source said the UN hopes that significant progress can be made before the talks resume in late August.
Eide told reporters during the last meeting of the leaders on July 27 that Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci continued to make progress towards their shared vision of a united, federal Cyprus.

The chief negotiators of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, are set to resume their discussions on August 25 to prepare the next meeting of the leaders of the two communities on September 1.

A second meeting is scheduled for September 14.

Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu said on Monday that the two sides’ negotiators will meet five times between August 25 and 31.

Property – one of the hot-button issues – will be the focus of the talks once they resume, Burcu was quoted as saying.

Specifics on the property issue – names of villages, population quotas, territory swaps and maps, as well as guarantees – would be discussed at the end-stage of the talks process, he said.

The two sides recently agreed to establish an independent property commission, where dispossessed owners and current users would have various choices regarding their claims to affected properties.

The choices would include compensation, exchange and reinstatement, but exercising any of these options would be subject to agreed criteria.

It’s understood the new commission will commence operating once a settlement has been reached, that is, during implementation of reunification. However, the criteria relating to property claims being thrashed out during the current stage, prior to any referenda.

In an interview with Politis published on Sunday, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that the two sides are currently discussing the ranking of the criteria which the new property panel would employ.

The current immovable property commission (IPC) in the north would eventually be abolished, he said.

Politis also reported that, by the end of the year, the two leaders should be ready to lay out to their respective communities the ‘big picture’ as to what form the solution would take.

 

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