Cyprus lead­ers to meet Thurs­day

Anas­tasi­ades and Ak­inci set to dis­cuss re­sults of tech­ni­cal ad­vis­ers’ meet­ings

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Cyprus Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci will meet on Thurs­day in Nicosia to as­sess the re­sults of meet­ings held in Switzer­land last week by tech­ni­cal teams of the main par­ties in­volved in the United Na­tions­backed ef­forts to re­unify the is­land.

Anas­tasi­ades said that the po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sion of the pro­pos­als sub­mit­ted at the tech­ni­cal meet­ings must ad­here to the prin­ci­ples out- lined in the state­ment is­sued by the UN at the con­fer­ence last week in Geneva at­tended by del­e­gates from Greece, Turkey, the UK and the Euro­pean Union.

Anas­tasi­ades said the meet­ings of the ad­vis­ers were held to “record” the pro­pos­als of both sides, sig­nal­ing that real progress will only be made at the po­lit­i­cal level.

Ac­cord­ing to diplo­matic sources, the Turkish side went into the meet- ings with­out a mind for sub­stan­tive talks, and re­mained stead­fast in its po­si­tions with re­gard to the sys­tem of guar­an­tees and post-set­tle­ment se­cu­rity, which re­main one of the ma­jor ob­sta­cles to a deal.

Del­e­gates from Bri­tain – one of the is­land’s three guar­an­tor pow­ers, along with Greece and Turkey – who took part in the meet­ings re­port­edly backed the abo­li­tion of the sys­tem of guar­an­tees, main­tain­ing, how­ever, Bri­tish rights to its sov­er­eign bases in south­ern Cyprus.

De­spite the ef­forts be­tween Athens and Ankara to bridge their dif­fer­ences over Cyprus, re­la­tions re­main tense, with an ad­viser to Turkish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Erdogan say­ing in a re­cent TV in­ter­view that “there is no Greece, be­cause Prime Min­is­ter [Alexis] Tsipras has sold it, turn­ing the Greeks into slaves.”

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