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Anastasiades will propose draft outlining where leaders agree and disagree

President Nicos Anastasiades will propose drafting a document with the two sides’ convergences and disagreements during his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci later this month, reports said Thursday.

Citing unnamed government sources, the Cyprus News Agency said there was a need for a document containing the convergences, disagreements, and understandings between the two sides. The sources said for example that the Turkish side’s insistence on one positive vote was not included in the initial convergences but was something raised by Akinci unexpectedly in Geneva.

The sources said there was a need “to record the convergences, draft a document and sit down to discuss in a methodical manner.”

The meeting between the two leaders in the second half of the month was described by the same sources as informal, where the two men will have the opportunity to discuss freely about everything.

Anastasiades is also expected to call on the Turkish side to submit in writing its positions regarding the six parameters of the Guterres framework, in a document that will be subject to a final settlement.

The Turkish Cypriot side said it expected Anastasiades not to come empty-handed but made it clear that political equality was not up for negotiation.

In a written statement after the two leaders communicated by phone, Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu said the Turkish Cypriot leader expects Anastasiades to bring proposals to the table.

According to Turkish Cypriot media, Burcu said that Akinci had made clear during the phone call that he expects Anastasiades to come ready to propose his ideas regarding decentralisation, with the Greek Cypriot leader assuring Akinci that he will arrive at the meeting prepared.

On Thursday, Turkish Cypriot ‘prime minister’ Tufan Erhurman said they expected Anastasiades to clarify his idea of decentralisation or loose federation but “there is no way we will accept opening a discussion on political equality amid this confusion.”

Erhurman said Anastasiades was seeking to present the issue of political equality as an obstacle to a solution warning that no fresh negotiations would start if what the Turkish Cypriot side achieved in the latest negotiations in 2017 were not accepted.

Anastasiades is to brief party leaders on Friday on the visit over the weekend by UN envoy Jane Holl Lute and the outcome of talks on Tuesday between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.

Lute, who is facilitating the leaders in drawing up terms of reference for new talks, left Cyprus on Monday, and was set to have discussions with the guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and the UK.  The exact timings are not known, and it is not known when Lute will return to Cyprus.


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