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Decision on venue for territorial discussions likely on Wedneday

25 October 2016

The venue for discussion on territory in the Cyprus negotiations is likely to be decided at the next leaders’ meeting on Wednesday, President Anastasiades said on Monday.

Following Monday’s meeting, Anastasiades said that he and President Akinci had discussed details on how “the various freedoms or rights would be implemented. There was, I must say, relative progress, which needs further discussion”, he said.

We focused on the essence of what we had before us, rather than determining the location [for holding meetings on territorial issues],” adding “probably this will happen on Wednesday.”

When asked, Anastasiades said that the venue would likely be Switzerland and meetings would be held between 7th and 11th November. This will give the leaders time beforehand, to hold more meetings in Cyprus.

President Akinci has insisted that discussions on territory be held abroad in order to avoid leaks.

One of the big stumbling blocks is the Greek Cypriot demand to return Morphou/Guzelyurt. President Akinci has said that this would be a problem because of the significant development of the area.

The discussions on territory, which will include maps and place names are thought to be pivotal to the success of the negotiations, which are reaching the final stages.

How much territory is returned will also impact crucially, the outcome of the property chapter. The more Greek Cypriots allowed to return to their former homes, the less compensation will be required for loss of property.

Cyprus Mail

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