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Leaders to announce venue for negotiations on territory

24 October 2016

The two community leaders will meet again on Monday when they are expected to announce officially the venue where they will negotiate on territory.

Reports in the media have suggested that Switzerland is the most likely country to host the continuing Cyprus negotiations in November, although this has not been confirmed. Geneva, Zurich and Lucerne have been suggested as possible venues, however, insiders say that the talks will not take place inside a UN building.

Some Greek Cypriot opposition parties fear that Anastasiades will be pressured into giving in to foreign demands, in particular those from Turkey.

Although all aspects of territory will be discussed, the fate of Guzelyurt (Morphou) will indicate the direction of territorial negotiations.

The Greek Cypriots hope to return 100,000 Greek Cypriots to land to be held under the control of their component state.

However, President Akinci has said that there can be no return to the 2004 Annan Plan as regards territory, which at that time, provided for 28.6% of land to go to the Turkish Cypriots as opposed to 37.5% of land which they hold currently.

The leaders are also expected to refer to the property issue as it is closely linked to that of territory.

After Monday evening’s meeting, they are scheduled to meet again on 29th and 31st October, with a possible two further meetings, if needed.

Cyprus Weekly

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