UNLESS the territory chapter of reunification talks is closed, the peace process cannot advance to the next stage, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said on Thursday, four days before the leader of the two communities are set to travel to Switzerland.
The territory chapter must be completed before a multilateral conference – including the three guarantor powers – can be held, Papadopoulos said.
He was responding to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, whose own statements suggested that a multilateral conference after the Switzerland talks, was a foregone conclusion.
The negotiations at Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, will take place from November 7 to 11.
Papadopoulos again ruled out the Greek Cypriot side agreeing to any foreign guarantees or troops remaining on the island as part of a settlement.
He said ‘feverish preparations’ were ongoing ahead of the Switzerland talks.
The National Council’s sub-committee on territory was convening late on Thursday evening, chaired by the president’s chief negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis.
Papadopoulos said it has been agreed that in Switzerland two rounds of talks would be held every day. Some of the talks would focus on discussion open issues from previous chapters, and the rest on discussing property.
On Friday, president Nicos Anastasiades will hold a televised news conference to brief the public on where the Cyprus talks stand just prior to his departure for Switzerland.
The news conference is scheduled to begin at 6.30pm and end by 8pm.
Also on Friday evening Akinci will be grilled by reporters in the north during a live television show.