The further procedure and methodology with regard to the negotiations on the Cyprus problem will be determined on 1 February, said the President of the Republic Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, who had, today, a meeting with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mr. Mustafa Akinci.
In his remarks to reporters following his return to the Presidential Palace from the site of the talks on the Cyprus problem, President Anastasiades said, in response to a question, that during his meeting with Mr. Akinci today “the first thing that took place was the briefing by the interlocutors about the talks that took place in Mont Pelerin.
Asked whether the possibility of a second conference in Geneva will be among the issues to be discussed with Mr. Akinci on 1 February, the President said that this issue “is among the issues that will be certainly discussed. The Geneva Conference was not either the beginning or the end, and consequently the dialogue needs to continue on the important issue that concerns the guarantees.”
Asked to comment on remarks made by the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Mr. Tugrul Turkes, the President said that “I would like to be restrained, but I cannot but note something that I also raised during today’s meeting: that as long as Turkish officials resort to similar unacceptable statements, the only thing they succeed in is the creation of a negative climate, whereas, at the same time, of course, they also make it necessary for us to say that it is inconceivable for there to be a solution to the Cyprus problem through such demands.” He added that “I don’t intend to comment on similar, baseless, unsupportable statements.”
Asked about the references of the Special Advisor of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Espen Barth Eide, about a five party conference in Geneva, the President said that “he has not read that all those necessary to be present must be present as well. And with regard to that I reserve my answer for when Mr. Eide is here for the right representations to be made, so that he will be careful enough in his remarks and in what he informs or says.”