Sec­ond day ‘pro­duc­tive’, says Eide

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A se­nior UN of­fi­cial said he is hope­ful of progress and that the sec­ond day of di­rect talks be­tween the is­land’s two com­mu­nity lead­ers was ‘pro­duc­tive’.

Dis­pelling fears that both Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and Turk­ish Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci had a long way to go to over­come a wide di­ver­gence on is­sues, pri­mar­ily that of the fu­ture pres­i­dency of a uni­fied fed­eral Cyprus, the UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral’s Spe­cial Ad­viser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, de­scribed the sec­ond day of the UN-led Cyprus talks tak­ing place in Mont-Pelerin, Switzer­land, as pro­duc­tive.

Eide posted a photo on twit­ter of the UN team “wrap­ping up af­ter a pro­duc­tive sec­ond day of Cyprus talks at Mon­tPelerin.”

In­ten­sive talks on the ter­ri­tory is­sue and all other out­stand­ing is­sues in­ter­de­pen­dently be­gan on Mon­day with UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon kick­ing off the talks that were agreed to be held on neu­tral ground and with­out any in­ter­fer­ences and are sched­uled to be con­cluded on Novem­ber 11.

But in sep­a­rate tele­vised in­ter­views on Fri­day night, both lead­ers seemed to have more di­ver­gences than con­ver­gences, the big­gest thorn be­ing that of a ro­tat­ing pres­i­dency that the Turk­ish Cypriot side wants and the Greek Cypriot side re­ject out­right, while the mat­ter of se­cu­rity and re­main­ing Turk­ish troops re­mains un­re­solved. The num­ber of Turk­ish set­tlers who will stay on af­ter a so­lu­tion is prob­a­bly set at 100,000, with the ra­tio for nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion af­ter that set at four Greeks for ev­ery one Turk.

The Cyprus News Agency re­ported that some progress was made dur­ing the meet­ing on Tues­day af­ter­noon, how­ever no is­sue has been closed.

CNA re­ported that the lead­ers dis­cussed pend­ing is­sues re­lated to the four chap­ters, (gov­er­nance, EU, econ­omy, prop­erty) which are in­ter­re­lated with the ter­ri­tory is­sue.

“Some progress was made but no is­sue has been closed,” a same source was quoted by the CAN as say­ing.

The two lead­ers will be­gin dis­cussing cri­te­ria on the ter­ri­tory is­sue on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and will have to wrap up by late Thurs­day in or­der to work on a joint com­mu­niqué on Fri­day.

Dis­cus­sion on the cri­te­ria of the ter­ri­tory is­sue that will be­gin on Wed­nes­day morn­ing is con­sid­ered by the Greek Cypriot side as a crash test for the in­ten­tions of the Turk­ish Cypriot side as re­gards the ne­go­ti­a­tions in Switzer­land, the same source pointed out.

Dur­ing their meet­ing on Tues­day morn­ing, the two sides dis­cussed var­i­ous as­pects of the prop­erty is­sue with a view to pre­pare Wed­nes­day’ dis­cus­sion on the cri­te­ria for the ter­ri­tory is­sue.

Mean­while, ne­go­tia­tors An­dreas Mavroyian­nis and Ozdil Nami held a meet­ing on Tues­day af­ter­noon to dis­cuss is­sues re­lated to prop­erty and the is­sue of the par­tic­i­pa­tion in the de­ci­sion mak­ing process at the fed­eral level.

The two lead­ers met again in the af­ter­noon to dis­cuss about the par­tic­i­pa­tion in the de­ci­sion mak­ing process and to con­tinue the dis­cus­sion on is­sues they had looked into on Mon­day af­ter­noon with re­gard to the EU and the econ­omy. Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades was ac­com­pa­nied at this meet­ing by his ad­vi­sors Polys Polyviou and Kypros Chrysos­to­mides.

Dur­ing their meet­ing on Mon­day af­ter­noon, the two lead­ers fo­cused on three is­sues of the four chap­ters that have been al­ready dis­cussed at the talks, re­lated to gov­er­nance, the EU and the econ­omy. Ac­cord­ing to the same sources, the two sides have de­cided to dis­cuss eight is­sues of the four chap­ters’ pend­ing mat­ters that are re­lated to the ter­ri­tory. Four of these is­sues con­cern the prop­erty chap­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to CNA re­ports there has been some progress, the most im­por­tant of which con­cerns the chap­ter of the econ­omy and more specif­i­cally the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the fed­eral con­stituent states as re­gards the fis­cal pol­icy of the fed­eral govern­ment. How­ever, the is­sue will be fur­ther ex­am­ined econ­omy.

Dur­ing Fri­day night’s tele­vi­sion broad­cast, Ak­inci had also told Greek Cypri­ots “not to worry” about the Turk­ish Cypriot com­mu­nity’s huge pub­lic debt to Turkey.

As re­gards the EU chap­ter, the same sources said there was an ap­proach to­wards an agree­ment on the eco­nomic as­pect. The third is­sue dis­cussed was the par­tic­i­pa­tion in the de­ci­sion mak­ing process at the fed­eral level.

On the prop­erty is­sue, the sources noted that a very good first dis­cus­sion took place par­tic­u­larly on mat­ters re­lated to the ter­ri­tory is­sue which are dis­cussed for the first time and con­cern the prop­er­ties that will be­long to each con­stituent state.

Re­fer­ring to the dis­cus­sion of the cri­te­ria of the prop­erty is­sue, that will be­gin on Wed­nes­day and is ex­pected to con­tinue in the af­ter­noon and prob­a­bly on Thurs­day as well, they re­it­er­ated that for the Greek Cypriot side the most im­por­tant criterion is the num­ber of the refugees that will be able to re­turn un­der Greek Cypriot ad­min­is­tra­tion, while noted as a sec­ond criterion the per­cent­age of each con­stituent state’s ter­ri­tory.

The same sources re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of hav­ing an agree­ment on the cri­te­ria that will then be used in or­der to draw a map. Fur­ther­more, they noted that no lo­ca­tion names will be dis­cussed but only the per­cent­age of the ter­ri­tory of each con­stituent state and that the Greek Cypriot side will not al­low for the ter­ri­tory is­sue to be linked with the is­sue of se­cu­rity.

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