President Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday reiterated his determination to work for a solution as soon as possible and to develop the new ideas he has come up with within the Guterres framework, when he met UN envoy Jane Holl Lute, Chief Negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis said.
Anastasiades met Lute on Sunday for two hours and 15 minutes at the presidential palace in Nicosia.
Lute left the palace without making any statements.
The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, Mavroyiannis and Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou.
Lute was also due to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the north. Her mission is to facilitate the leaders to come up with terms of reference for a resumption of Cyrus negotiations, something she has been working on since last year.
Speaking after the meeting, Mavroyiannis said the president had a “very good and creative” meeting with Lute during which he reiterated his commitment to a solution.
“He has developed new ideas within the framework of the UN Secretary-General’s framework… the so-called Guterres framework, and explained these new ideas,” Mavroyiannis said, adding that the President referred, among other things, to the “decentralisation of powers, ideas he has already worked out in the past”.
Mavroyiannis referred to the Turkish Cypriot community’s demand for political equality “as it perceives it”. He called it “a continuously expanding perception” of the notion of political equality, which, he said, was not is not based at all on the report of the UN Secretary-General from 1991.
Neither was it part of any discussions that had taken place since then, nor was it in the Annan plan, nor in meetings between previous leaders Demetris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat “nor in the negotiations we have had over the last five years. ”
Anastasiades, Mavroyiannis added, “reiterated in a clear manner that he accepts political equality as requested by the United Nations and as recorded in the Secretary-General’s report”.
“He also accepts the concept of effective participation of Turkish Cypriots in the government and the positive vote, where and when the circumstances are such that the positive vote will be exercised in such a way that any decision of the state institutions does not negatively affect the interests of the Turkish Cypriot community,” said Mavroyiannis.
“It is clear to the President of the Republic that there is neither the intention nor the kind of regulation that allows one community to make decisions that are detrimental to the interests of the other community,” he added.
“Of course, to move in this direction it should be clear that there will be an effective mechanism for deadlocks and that we are talking exclusively about those decisions and not, as the Turkish Cypriot side has recently raised, that we are talking about all decisions.”
In addition to the issue of political equality, the president focused with Lute on all aspects of the Guterres framework such as the abolition of guarantees, rights of intervention, the withdrawal of troops, and the issue of territory, Mavroyiannis said.
“Essentially the aim of the president of the Republic is to create conditions in order to come up with terms of reference that can create the conditions for a truly creative dialogue that leads to finding a functional and viable solution of the Cyprus problem and that ensures the existence of a truly independent and sovereign state which will work,” he added.
Anastasiades also reiterated his willingness to for a joint meeting with Akinci in Lute’s presence. The UN chief must submit his report on his Good Offices Mission in Cyprus to the Security Council by April 15. Asked if there had been any movement since Lute’s visit earlier in the year, Mavroyiannis said: “Steps forward will be judged by results”.
“We continue consultations and efforts, exchange of views, positions, arguments. We have not yet arrived, but yes, the effort continues. ”
Questioned as to the fact that this was Lute’s fourth visit and yet no progress has emerged, Mavroyianis said: “It would be naive to think that it was easy mission”.
As Anastasiades was meeting Lute, Akinci was quoted as saying the Turkish Cypriot side, would like some clarifications about the issue of political equality.
CNA quoted the Turkish Cypriot leader as saying it would be helpful to “clean up the muddy waters”. Then, he said it might be possible for the Turkish Cypriot side to accept a three-party, four-party or five-party conference. This was in response to a proposal by Anastasiades for a tripartite meeting with the two leaders and with Lute.
The Turkish Cypriot side, Akinci said, is not trying to avoid any meeting agreement, or anything that would allow for peace and prosperity in Cyprus.
He also said that he did not intend to just meet Lute to create an impression about the negotiations that might be likely to mislead public opinion. Akinci also referred to the importance of informing the public, as they would be the ones called upon to decide on their future.