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Second day of Crans-Montana talks kicks off, focus on security

President Anastasiades with government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides (left) and chief negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis prepares for a long day of talks on Thursday morning

The second day of the Conference on Cyprus continues on Thursday with the issue of security and guarantees and the two sides  expected to respond to three questions tabled by UN Under Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman.

According to CNA sources, the Greek Cypriot negotiating team worked late on Wednesday to prepare a written document with the Greek Cypriot positions.

The negotiating team is scheduled to meet President Nicos Anastasiades to discuss the response before it is presented to Feltman.

During the first day of the conference, Feltman posed three questions which he said the discussion should focus on: how the two sides see the day after a solution, how the concerns of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on the issue of security will be addressed, and how would its implementation be monitored.

The two sides are expected to give their positions by Thursday in writing, which would enable discussion ahead of the arrival of the UNSG on Friday in Crans-Montana.

On Thursday, the Conference on Cyprus continues from 9.00-11am local time with the discussion on guarantees and between 11am and 1pm discussion will focus on territory, property, and governance between the leaders of the two communities.

The Conference on Cyprus, being held under the auspices of the United Nations, started on Wednesday morning at Le Régent Congress Centre in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, with a view to reaching a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

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