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Next steps discussed at National Council (Updated)

Discussion began on Monday at the National Council on the way forward for the Cyprus negotiations, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said.

Speaking to the press following the meeting, which lasted around four hours, the spokesman said that the Council would reconvene on Tuesday morning, adding that further meetings would be needed to complete the discussion.

He said that the government had expressed its readiness, as it had at the negotiating table, for the prospects to be created that would allow optimism for a positive outcome.

Asked about the proposals placed by the political parties and how the president was going to make use of them, Christodoulides said that a very productive dialogue took place  and at the end of the debate the government would examine how all the proposals and suggestions would be used and to what extent there could be a common approach.

He said that there was absolute respect for different approaches, views and considerations and at the end “what we have is a productive discussion”. He did not make any comments on the proposals, and asked the press to be patient until the conclusion of the meetings.

Replying to another question about the presence of Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias at Tuesday’s meeting of the National Council, the spokesman said that he was attending in the framework of the coordination between Athens and Nicosia for the next steps and, more specifically, as regards the issues of security and guarantees.

The Greek government was not involved in the internal aspects of the Cyprus problem, he said.

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