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