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Anastasiades and Nuland focused on property and governance

Victoria Nuland at the presidential place on Tuesday (CNA)

President Nicos Anastasiades and US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland mainly discussed property and governance during their meeting on Tuesday evening, the government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Nicos Christodoulides told CyBC radio the discussion was very specific.

“These were the main topics of discussion with Ms Nuland and there was an exchange of views on the issue of guarantees with the reiterating the position of our side of not accepting guarantees and Turkish troops,” said Christodoulides.

He also said the message Anastasiades wished to be transferred to Turkey related to specific issues where there was disagreement on property and governance.

The president also told Nuland there was need for Turkey to show at the negotiating table what it states publicly on its stated desire for a Cyprus settlement, the spokesman said.

Christodoulides said that this time there were two differences that were important to note about the Nuland visit. “The first difference relates to the fact that it was a very concrete discussion. The second difference is that there is a willingness on the US side to help in the process. We welcome the interest of all permanent Security Council members,” he said, adding that time would tell whether this would be translated into results at the table.

Christodoulides said when the leaders meet on July 29 it will be the first time they would discuss security, territory and guarantees, the aim of which was to draw estimates.

“There are three meetings in July on 22, 26 and 29,” he said.

“Upon completion of these meetings, we should proceed to a comprehensive assessment as to what we have achieved through this intensive phase. Then it is up to leaders how to proceed.”

The discussions on July 29 would be crucial as to how the leaders move forward, the spokesman added.

Asked about summer recess, Christodoulides said there was a desire to continue the intensive discussions prior to September. “The overall evaluation to be made after July 29 will allow us to move to safer estimates,” he said.

On the possible convening of the National Council next week, on the basis that the president now had the positions of all the political parties on his proposals to change the method of operation of the advisory body, Christodoulides said the assessment of the parties’ proposals had just begun.

“As a first estimate of the responses, it appears that there is common ground to begin a new effort in relation to the functioning of this institution which would allow it to be really effective and add value,” Christodoulides said.

“The evaluation will be completed immediately after the president returns from Mongolia (July 18).”

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