‘Progress on some chap­ters’ Anas­tasi­ades tells UK Cypri­ots

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Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades told a gath­er­ing of UK Cypriot com­mu­nity lead­ers over the week­end that “some progress has been achieved on im­por­tant chap­ters” of the ne­go­ti­a­tions with Mustafa Ak­inci to re­solve the Cyprus prob­lem.

Ear­lier, Anas­tasi­ades met with prime Min­is­ter David Cameron with whom he dis­cussed progress on the Cyprus talks, as well as re­gional is­sues sur­round­ing se­cu­rity in the Mid­dle East and energy plans in the eastern Mediter­ranean, as well as some of Lon­don’s views on mat­ters re­lated to EU re­form.

The visit to Bri­tain was a stopover on his way to New York to at­tend the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly this week.

Bri­tish Cypri­ots demon­strated their sol­i­dar­ity and sup­port for Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades at a din­ner in his hon­our on Satur­day or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Cypri­ots in the UK, held at the Greek Cypriot Brother­hood in Lon­don.

Ac­com­pa­nied by Gov­ern­ment Spokesman Ni­cos Christodoulides and the Cyprus High Com­mis­sioner, Evripi­des Evryvi­ades, Anas­tasi­ades briefed the Fed­er­a­tion mem­bers about the latest de­vel­op­ments in the ne­go­ti­a­tions, touch­ing upon spe­cific chap­ters of the talks.

He also high­lighted the need for Tur­key to show the nec­es­sary good­will and send clear sig­nals, through spe­cific ac­tions, to en­hance the on­go­ing set­tle­ment process.

Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades said that the Turk­ish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Ak­inci, and he share the same vi­sion of Cypri­ots be­ing in charge of their is­land, of Cyprus be­ing re­united and of hu­man rights be­ing guar­an­teed, with all Cypri­ots be­ing equal cit­i­zens of the EU.

Recog­nis­ing this re­al­ity, he noted, helps to cre­ate an es­sen­tial per­sonal re­la­tion­ship which per­mits a more can­did di­a­logue. “The at­mos­phere has in­deed been dif­fer­ent af­ter Mr Mustafa Ak­inci be­came leader of the Turk­ish Cypriot com­mu­nity and the talks, even though we are still in the pri­mary stages, have achieved some progress on im­por­tant chap­ters,” added Mr Anas­tasi­ades.

Wel­com­ing Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades to Lon­don, the Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Cypri­ots, Christos Karao­lis said: “The progress and rap­port that you have de­vel­oped with the Turk­ish Cypriot leader, Mr Mustafa Ak­inci, over the last six months gives us all a sense of cau­tious op­ti­mism that we might soon have a so­lu­tion that re­moves the Turk­ish troops and set­tlers from the is­land, re­spects the hu­man rights of all Cypri­ots and re­unites our beloved is­land so that all Cypri­ots, Greek Cypri­ots, Turk­ish Cypri­ots, Ma­ronites, Ar­me­ni­ans, Latins, can live and pros­per to­gether.” He also com­mended Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades on his “per­se­ver­ance, pa­tience and de­ter­mi­na­tion” in safe­guard­ing the hu­man rights of all Cypri­ots.

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