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‘Lute to have another meeting with Anastasiades amidst critical consultations’ – spokesman (Update)

File photo: UNSG special envoy on Cyprus, Jane Holl Lute (Christos Theodorides)

Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, said  on Sunday critical consultations are underway as regards the Cyprus problem following an around two-hour meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and the UN Secretary General’s special envoy on Cyprus, Jane Holl Lute.

Lute, who is on the island  for consultations with both leaders with a view to clinching an agreement on the terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumption of Cyprus talks, left the Presidential Palace without making any statements. The meeting began at 10 am and was completed around a quarter past noon.

Prodromou said that it was a creative and productive meeting, both concerning the terms of reference but also critical issues concerning the Cyprus problem.

The government spokesman did not want to elaborate on what had been discussed at the meeting or if the government submitted any ideas.

“We are currently in the middle of critical consultations concerning the negotiation and the continuation of the (settlement negotiations on the) Cyprus problem and it would be best to avoid unnecessary comments,” he said.

Anastasiades, he said, is to have another meeting with Lute within the coming days, after her meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, on Monday.

He said that Lute did not submit any documents.

On whether Lute has conveyed any encouraging messages from Ankara, following her meeting last Thursday with Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Prodromou said that the UNSG envoy “has a specific role and does not convey messages.”

“There has been a discussion on the terms of reference and, more generally, on the crucial issues of the Cyprus problem,” Prodromou said.

Present at the meeting were also Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side Andreas Mavroyiannis,  Prodromou, and the Director of the President’s Diplomatic Office Kyriakos Kouros.

On the eve  of the meeting, the Cypriot founding members of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network (MWMN) said in a written statement that they “take the lead and demand an inclusive peace process for the talks anticipated to resume shortly within the framework of a leaders-led process.”

The group said they demand the implementation of the United Nations
Security Council Resolutions of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (UNSCR 1325 and related
Resolutions) as well as UNSCR 2250 (2015) for the active participation of the youth to be part of the terms of reference.

This statement, they said, was issued as a follow-up initiative to their participation in the meeting held on  July 4, 2018 that brought women from across the island together, in order to reflect and build on efforts by women activists to strengthen the involvement of women in the peace process.

At the time, The Cyprus Women’s Lobby had hosted women peacebuilders from across the island, with the support of the MWMN, the Women Mediators Across the Commonwealth, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Unficyp who reflected and strategised on ways ahead with the aim to strengthen the involvement of women in the Cyprus peace process.

“The UN Secretary General included this development in his latest Report on his Good Offices mission in Cyprus,” the group said.

“Women across the island continue to call on the two leaders to include the full and meaningful
participation of women at all stages of the peace process among the terms of reference, and upon
the United Nations to strongly encourage the two leaders to do so.”

Citing the Global Study on UNSCR 1325, the group said that empirical evidence suggests that the active participation and leadership of women is essential to the political process, can contribute to making any future settlement sustainable and surely plays a critically important role in peace processes.

“Equally important is the active participation at all stages of the peace process of youth and of civil society,” it said.