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Republic as entity will be present at Geneva talks

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High spirits at the talks in Mont Pelerin

The Republic of Cyprus will participate in the January 12 conference in Geneva on the Cyprus problem, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said on Saturday.

In a written statement, Papadopoulos, responded to claims by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu who had said on Friday night that what has been agreed regarding the January 12 meeting was that it would comprise the two sides – Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots – and the three guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

“There will be five parties directly concerned on a solution to the Cyprus problem and the issue of security and guarantees at the start of the conference,” Burcu said.

“Other relevant parties will be invited if needed and if approved by the sides. Any other remark or report, regarding the participation of others, beyond what has been agreed, is mere speculation.”

In response, Papadopoulos conveyed President Nicos Anastasiades’ position on the issue.

“At the dinner on December 1, the following was agreed between President Anastasiades and Mr Akinci, in the presence of the Special Advisor of the UN Secretary General – and this was reflected in the press release issued after the dinner: a three-day meeting and negotiations between President Anastasiades and Mr Akinci, in Geneva, between 9-11 January,” Papadopoulos said.

“It was also agreed that on January 11, maps will be tabled on the property issue, so that on 12 January a conference on Cyprus will begin, with the participation of the two sides and the three guarantor powers (UK, Greece and Turkey) on the international aspect of the Cyprus problem, on security and guarantees.

“It is crystal clear that other relevant parties will have to be invited, according to the needs and the objectives of this conference,” Papadopoulos concluded.

Consequently, he argued, “it goes without saying that the Republic of Cyprus, as a relevant party, shall be present, since we are talking about a conference which aims, among other things, to amend international treaties which concern the Republic.”

It is equally important, he continued, to ensure the presence of the EU, to which Cyprus belongs. The UN and the Security Council must also be present, Papadopoulos said, since it will be called upon, through a strong resolution, to adopt anything that may be eventually agreed and subsequently secure implementation of the agreement.

“Given the above, any other interpretations do not correspond at all to what was agreed at the dinner on December 1st,” Papadopoulos said.

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