July has been quite con­struc­tive for Cyprob talks

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July has been quite con­struc­tive in ad­dress­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in the frame­work of the Cyprus talks, Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades, said on Tues­day.

The Pres­i­dent told reporters at the Pres­i­den­tial Palace, upon his re­turn from the meet­ing he had with Turk­ish Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci, that the meet­ing was con­struc­tive and fo­cused on in­ter­nal se­cu­rity is­sues and ju­ris­dic­tion.

Through the di­a­logue, he added, each side un­der­stands bet­ter the con­cerns of the other side and through a con­struc­tive con­tri­bu­tion, im­prove­ments and progress are achieved.

Asked whether the two sides reached any con­ver­gences, he said there have been some but re­frained from elab­o­rat­ing.

The lead­ers will meet again on Fri­daym where they will ex­change views on the is­sues of ter­ri­to­rial ad­just­ments, se­cu­rity and guar­an­tees and prop­er­ties.

“I have to say that es­pe­cially July has been quite con­struc­tive in ad­dress­ing, in solv­ing dif­fi­cul­ties that seemed for many times as in­sur­mount­able,” he stressed.

Re­ply­ing to ques­tions, the Pres­i­dent said that af­ter the sum­mer break there will be a new in­ten­si­fied round the last ten days of Au­gust and the first ten days of Septem­ber.

Asked if the Greek Cypriot side is sat­is­fied with the res­o­lu­tion for the re­newal of UNFICYP’s man­date (UN Peace­keep­ing Force in Cyprus), he said “I do not see what could cause prob­lems ei­ther to our side or to any side”, adding that what mat­ters is what is be­ing done at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble.

Pointing out that there is a con­tin­u­ous progress on a se­ries of is­sues, he said that nev­er­the­less he can not give a pos­i­tive note if the prob­lems are not solved, in­clud­ing the prop­er­ties chap­ter, the ter­ri­to­rial ad­just­ments, se­cu­rity and guar­an­tees and other pend­ing is­sues.

Asked whether the goal for a so­lu­tion in 2016 is not within reach, he said that the goal and the wish is to achieve a so­lu­tion this year but noted that this does not de­pend on our wish, it de­pends on the po­si­tions put for­ward at the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

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