Pres­i­dent op­ti­mistic about pos­i­tive out­come in eco­nomic as­pect of Cyprob talks

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Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades ap­peared op­ti­mistic on Tues­day about a pos­i­tive con­clu­sion in eco­nomic is­sues and mat­ters re­lat­ing to the EU in the on­go­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions to solve the Cyprus prob­lem, de­spite a seem­ing slow­down in the pace of the UN-spon­sored talks.

He said af­ter his meet­ing with the Turk­ish Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci, that a con­struc­tive dis­cus­sion took place on both is­sues.

“There is a wider un­der­stand­ing that there must be ab­so­lute con­ver­gences and to­wards this end we have given in­struc­tions to the Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tees deal­ing with this is­sue to pro­ceed fur­ther with the dis­cus­sion”, he said and noted: “There is wide un­der­stand­ing but we have to reach con­crete re­sults so that we con­ver­gences. I wouldn’t say that op­ti­mistic that we can agree”.

Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion, Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades said that there are some is­sues on which there are con­ver­gences and some oth­ers in which dif­fer­ences still re­main. “But I see an in­ten­tion on both sides to make ef­forts to elim­i­nate any di­ver­gences in or­der

get to I am not to reach con­ver­gences,” he said.

Asked if any in­di­ca­tions from the IMF and the World Bank sur­veys on the cost of a so­lu­tion were on the agenda, Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades said they were not, not­ing that there is no fi­nal as­sess­ment so far from these or­gan­i­sa­tions. In their pre­vi­ous meet­ing last Fri­day they dis­cussed the chap­ter of cit­i­zen­ship and fun­da­men­tal free­doms.

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