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Chief negotiators meet with Juncker in Brussels

File photo: The leaders confer with their negotiators

EUROPEAN Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker joined the chief negotiators of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami during a meeting they held in Brussels on Thursday in the context of the UN-backed talks for a settlement to the Cyprus problem.

According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), Mavroyiannis and Nami are holding contacts concerning the preparation of the implementation of the acquis communautaire throughout the island after a settlement.

A Commission spokesperson told CNA that “in a historic first joint visit, Andreas Mavroyannis and Ozdil Nami visited the Commission today to discuss with President Juncker’s personal representatives (Martin Selmayr, Clara Martinez, Pieter Van Nuffel, Margaritis Schinas and Maarten Verwey) the state of play in the Cyprus settlement talks.”

The spokesperson told CNA that “President Juncker joined the meeting briefly and had the chance to welcome personally the two chief negotiators” and confirmed that also “a UN representative also attended the meeting.”

“The two men expressed their appreciation for the Commission role in the process, following President Junker’s visit to the island last July and the appointment of Peter Van Nuffel as his Personal Representative to the talks,” said the spokesperson.

“The Commission representatives expressed their readiness to continue supporting actively the process at all levels. In this context, it was agreed to deploy the necessary financing and human resources in order to facilitate in particular the adaptation of the Turkish Cypriot community to the Community aquis. It was also agreed to maintain the option of meeting in such a format on a regular basis.”


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