Kotzias heads to New York for key meet­ings

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As signs stack up that ap­pear to con­firm the story pub­lished in Kathimerini this week that the Geneva sum­mit about Cyprus on Jan­uary 12 will be an open-ended pro­ce­dure that could last for weeks, For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias and his Turk­ish coun­ter­part Mev­lut Cavu­soglu are to meet in New York to­day in another bid to set up a meet­ing be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras and Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan be­fore Thurs­day. More­over, a Turk­ish-Cypriot party leader, Tu­fan Erhur­man, said yes­ter­day that Turkey’s plan B stip­u­lates another con­fer­ence, de­pend­ing on the progress made in Geneva. Kotzias will also hold talks with UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res.

In Ni­cosia mean­while, Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades pre­sented to the coun­try’s coun­cil of party lead­ers two find­ings pre­pared by le­gal ex­perts stat­ing that the con­ti­nu­ity and pro­file of the Cyprus Re­pub­lic will not be af­fected by Geneva sum­mit. Turk­ish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci claimed last month that a fed­eral Cyprus and not the ex­ist­ing Re­pub­lic will sign a re­uni­fi­ca­tion deal. Cyprus in­sists the very essence of the ne­go­ti­a­tions is to find a way to evolve the in­ter­nal struc­ture of the Re­pub­lic of Cyprus into a uni­fied fed­eral state.

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