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Foreign Ministers arrive for Security Conference in Geneva

12 January 2017

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The two Cypriot community leaders will be joined by the foreign ministers for Turkey, Greece and the UK to discuss the outlines of a possible deal on security in a reunited Cyprus.

Yesterday each side presented their map delineating territory. It was said that the Greek Cypriot side was not so happy about what was on offer, however, the UN wanted to emphasise the historical uniqueness of the situation where there had been an exchange of maps.

Never before have we had an exchange of maps, or a presentation of maps, created by the delegations themselves,” Espen Barth Eide, the United Nations envoy for Cyprus, said before the exchange. The maps were examined by the two leaders, two map experts and UN Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide and then sealed and secured in a UN vault.

No details about the maps, which will form the basis of further discussion on boundaries, were discussed.

Also present at the talks and in addition to President Anastasiades, President Akinci and UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, will also be the President of EU Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini. EU officials will participate as observers with a special role.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (r. in photo) arrived in Geneva on Wednesday evening to attend the conference.

Greek FM Nicos Kotzias (l. in photo) will be present accompanied by his deputy, George Katrougalos, and by the head of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ diplomatic office, Vaggelis Kalpadakis.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said that he “welcomes the continued courage and commitment that has been shown by both sides” as he prepares to take part in the conference on Cyprus later on today.

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