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Little optimism surrounding negotiations now

8 April 2017

Following Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s visit to Brussels this week, where he met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, reports from Brussels say that the UN, EU and US are planning to impose, a specific procedural framework in the form of a ‘road map’ for the Cyprus negotiations.

The talks came to a halt, after President Mustafa Akinci refused to return to the negotiating table until the South Cyprus parliament revoked a bill to commemorate ‘Enosis Day’ in secondary schools. On Friday, the bill was amended, shifting authority over school celebrations to the Education Ministry.

After which, talks will resume on Tuesday, but hopes for a resolution have declined. Insiders say that the road has become rockier since the ‘Enosis Day’ debacle.

There are no high expectations from Tuesday’s meeting, it will focus on logistics, on how the process should be organised…there are no high expectations, in general, we are not on track,” an insider told the Cyprus Weekly, yesterday.

The Greek Cypriot side wants negotiations, substantial negotiations, to start from the exact point they were when stalled two months ago…I’m afraid the road is going to be even more windy now,” added the insider.

Cyprus Weekly

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