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Anastasiades set to brief MPs

By Andria Kades

President Nicos Anastasiades will brief parliament on developments in negotiations on the Cyprus problem on February 11, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Saturday.

The announcement grants House President Yiannakis Omirou’s request that parliament should be informed on where negotiations currently stand.

Anastasiades “will inform parliament on February 11 after three meetings with the Turkish Cypriot leader in January, after his meetings in Davos and after the tripartite with Greece, Israel and Cyprus,” Christodoulides said on local radio.

His aim is to bring lawmakers up to date with where negotiations are and how progress is faring.

Discussing the first meeting of 2016 between Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci held on Thursday, Christodoulides said difficulties over the property issue were expected but both leaders were determined to find a common solution.

“We’re not stuck on property. On its own it stands as a difficult matter, a matter which touches upon several angles of the Cyprus problem and within the framework of discussions, some difficulties, some disagreements are coming up but this is expected, efforts continue,” he said.

Meanwhile, touching upon what other matters the two leaders need to breach in the coming months, Anastasiades and Akinci have exchanged opinions on security and guarantees.

“No one today, and I repeat, this is a result of discussions the President of the Republic had with foreign officials who visited Cyprus, is considering military guarantees for a state, particularly a member state of the EU,” Christodoulides said.

In Davos, Anastasiades will discuss the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations and strategic energy plans with foreign officials.

Earlier this week, Turkish Cypriot press reported Akinci said the aim of both leaders was to have a yes vote from a referendum.

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