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National Council to meet, Eide returns

File photo: Eide meets with Anastasiades

The National Council will convene on Monday to be briefed by President Nicos Anastasiades ahead of the conference on Cyprus which will reconvene in Geneva on June 28.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide is set to arrive in Cyprus on Thursday where he will meet with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the afternoon and with Anastasiades on Friday afternoon when the latter returns from Thessaloniki where he will be attending a trilateral meeting with Greece and Israel.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, Akinci was set to speak to US Vice President Mike Pence at 6:30pm Cyprus time on Wednesday. No announcement followed the reported phone call.  Anastasiades met with Pence during his US visit last week. 

The conference on Cyprus will reconvene in Geneva on June 28 at the political level, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General after the first one ended in January without a deal. 

Along with Anastasiades and Akinci; Greece, Turkey and the UK will be participating as guarantor powers, with the EU as an observer.

On Thursday, Anastasiades will travel to Thessaloniki for a trilateral summit between Cyprus, Greece and Israel to meet with respective leaders Alexis Tsipras and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Summit’s agenda includes the Cyprus problem, the Middle East issue, economy and growth focusing on innovation and start-ups, youth entrepreneurship and new training and vocational programmes, energy, including the EastMed, the Euro-Asia Interconnector and the renewable energy sources, telecommunications and the environment, including water resources management, maritime environment and climate changes. 

The three countries’ foreign, energy, agriculture, transport and diaspora ministers will have meetings on the sidelines of the summit, which will begin at midday.

Anastasiades and his delegation are expected to return to Cyprus on Thursday evening.

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