‘Public will be in­formed on is­sues agreed at peace talks’

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Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades briefed par­lia­men­tary party lead­ers on Tues­day on the var­i­ous is­sues re­viewed dur­ing the on­go­ing UN-led peace talks, as­sur­ing at the same time that when is­sues are agreed at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble, the public will be promptly in­formed.

At the same time, the two com­mu­ni­ties’ chief ne­go­tia­tors, An­dreas Mavroyia­nis and Ozdil Nami, con­cluded another day of talks on de­ter­min­ing the cri­te­ria for prop­erty com­pen­sa­tion or re­turn, prior to the two lead­ers’ meet­ing next week.

In his re­marks to re­porters af­ter the party lead­ers’ meet­ing at the Pres­i­den­tial Palace, gov­ern­ment spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades “pre­sented a com­pre­hen­sive and most de­tailed brief­ing as to where we are right now on the var­i­ous is­sues that are be­ing dis­cussed at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble”.

He said the Pres­i­dent replied to ques­tions by the lead­ers or rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the par­lia­men­tary par­ties.

“The ne­go­ti­a­tion is of course an evolv­ing process, we still have a long way to go in this ef­fort. On our part, we re­main com­mit­ted to the need for hard work and side’s po­si­tion that “the law­ful owner has the first say in the prop­erty”.

He urged ev­ery­body not to make as­sump­tions on is­sues that are on the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble.

He said the Pres­i­dent has made it clear to all par­lia­men­tary par­ties that they can be in­formed at any time by the ne­go­tia­tor on the doc­u­ments on the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble and any­thing ex­changed be­tween the two sides.

“We have some dis­tance to go. If there are con­di­tions that lead to the con­clu­sion of some im­por­tant is­sues, of course, the Pres­i­dent will im­me­di­ately make rel­e­vant state­ments” on the mat­ter, the spokesman added.

He em­pha­sised that the Pres­i­dent will not present to the peo­ple of Cyprus a plan which he him­self does not agree with or which does not cor­re­spond to the peo­ples’ ex­pec­ta­tions.

“We hope to reach a so­lu­tion and rest as­sured that the nec­es­sary time will be given so that the Cypriot peo­ple, who will have the fi­nal say and will vote on its pro­vi­sions, will not have the slight­est doubts (as to its con­tents),” Christodoulides added.

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