Ne­go­tia­tors re­sume talks, lead­ers to meet next week

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The pri­vati­sa­tion of Li­mas­sol port ser­vices is part of a wider pri­vati­sa­tion plan that aims to raise about EUR 1.4 bln by 2018, as part of the EUR 10 bln bailout plan agreed with in­ter­na­tional lenders.

Next on the pri­vati­sa­tion plan are the tele­com provider Cyta, with a new frame­work dis­cussed by the cab­i­net this week, and the Elec­tric­ity Au­thor­ity of Cyprus, that needs to be pri­va­tised by 2018.

Mean­while, the CPA’s Michaelides said that lease agree­ments are ex­pected to signed next month for 18 of a to­tal 40 fa­cil­i­ties at the old port, with ten­ders re-is­sued in sum­mer af­ter the pre­ferred bid­der for the whole com­plex with­drew, hav­ing sub­mit­ted an an­nual bid of EUR 2.58 mln for ten years.

The chief ne­go­tia­tors of the Greek Cypriot and the Turk­ish Cypriot com­mu­ni­ties re­sumed their meet­ings on Tues­day and An­dreas Mavroyian­nis and Ozdil Nami con­tin­u­ing their con­tacts on a daily ba­sis to pave the way for Pres­i­dent ¡icos Anas­tasi­ades and Turk­ish Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci to meet on Septem­ber 1.

The UN mis­sion in Cyprus said that ne­go­ti­a­tions picked up again at the Le­dra Palace Ho­tel af­ter a brief sum­mer break.

In their pre­vi­ous meet­ings, the ne­go­tia­tors had con­tacts with the work­ing groups for the econ­omy, the prop­erty is­sue and EU mat­ters.

Ac­cord­ing to press re­ports, the Greek Cypriot side in­sists on us­ing the ex­ist­ing road that leads to the Turk­ish-oc­cu­pied town of Fa­m­a­gusta within the frame­work of con­fi­dence build­ing mea­sures.

The Turk­ish Cypriot side has sub­mit­ted a counter-pro­posal on an al­ter­na­tive route avoid­ing Deryneia, rais­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns.

Al­most three months ago, Anas­tasi­ades and Ak­inci an­nounced the open­ing of two cross­ing points, one in Deryneia in the east and one in Le­fka, in the west, as part of a se­ries of con­fi­dence build­ing mea­sures.

The is­sue is be­ing dis­cussed by the rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee which has met twice.

The Cyprus News Agency quoted sources as say­ing that “we don’t want to cre­ate false ex­pec­ta­tions that ev­ery­thing is go­ing to hap­pen to­mor­row.”

The same source noted that “we are still in the be­gin­ning” af­ter two meet­ings and that “these things take time.”

No dead­lines for the open­ing of the cross­ings have been set, since a num­ber of tech­ni­cal or other is­sues need to be tack­led first.

On the cross­ing in Deryneia, the Greek Cypriot side dis­agrees with the al­ter­na­tive route, pro­posed by the Turk­ish Cypriot side, while ex­press­ing readi­ness to ad­dress pos­si­ble se­cu­rity con­cerns the other side may have, within the frame­work of its pro­posal, to use the ex­ist­ing road that runs along Varosha, the fenced-off part of Fa­m­a­gusta.

On the Le­fka cross­ing, the same source cited tech­ni­cal is­sues that need to be tack­led, be­fore the open­ing. The ex­ist­ing road may be used, which needs to be widened as it is very nar­row for traf­fic.

More­over, the area may need to be cleared of mines by the United Na­tions first, an is­sue which has also been raised at the tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee.

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