PARTY leaders of the political centre are to hold a conference on Tuesday to discuss the Cyprus problem and the settlement solution. It will be open to the public
The event is being organised by Diko, Edek, Citizens’ Alliance, the Solidarity Movement, and the Green Party-Citizens’ Cooperation. The event aims at informing the public on the different aspects of the Cyprus problem and the impact of a settlement, ahead of the talks between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in Geneva in January.
Party leaders will each have 20 minutes to develop a topic concerning the Cyprus problem or the settlement solution, and they will also answer questions of members of the public.
The five topics that will be presented are a historical review of the Cyprus problem, the European Union acquis communautaire, the government structure post-settlement, property and the cost of the solution.
The final phase of the Geneva talks in January is a multi-party conference on Cyprus where security and guarantees are to be discussed between the two leaders and guarantor powers Greece, Turkey, and the UK, but also other international actors.
The centre parties had strongly criticised the president for agreeing to a five-party conference on Cyprus, which was Turkey’s wish, and said they were concerned the Republic of Cyprus would not be represented as Anastasiades would be just the representative for the Greek Cypriot community. The government has refuted this argument. Political leaders are to accompany the president at the talks, following their request.
The European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker is to participate in the conference, reportedly along with the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly expressed interest in participating. The government has also invited the permanent members of the UN Security Council to take part in the conference.
The conference, will take place at 3pm at the Journalists’ House – Dimosiografiki Estia – 12 RIK Avenue in Aglandjia.