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Both leaders say they are ready to return to the negotiations

4 March 2017

President Nicos Anastasiades has proposed that a document be drawn up outlining the state of the stalled Cyprus talks, so far, the south’s government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has said.

The president wanted to make progress with “a targeted process with a view to addressing all disagreements”, the spokesman said. Anastasiades said he was ready to return to the negotiating table tomorrow.

Asked if the Turkish referendum was hindering the talks, he said not, but it was necessary to get back to the talks, if any progress was to be made.

Christodoulides was asked if UN Special Envoy to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide made any suggestions as to how to restart the negotiations. He replied that those ideas should be put to the person who walked away from the talks, meaning President Mustafa Akinci.

President Akinci left the talks after Anastasiades stormed out of the room, two weeks ago. Akinci wanted the vote by the South Cyprus assembly on Enosis Day to be rescinded. Enosis was the “mother of all evils”, said Akinci. If that was done, he was ready to return to the negotiations.

Cyprus Mail

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