President Nicos Anastasiades met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on Friday to discuss strategy for the forthcoming Cyprus Summit in Geneva.
They exchanged views on the current state of the Cyprus talks, arrangements for the Geneva talks and the issue is a security if Cyprus is reunited under a federal umbrella.
Also present at the meeting were Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, south Cyprus government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides and Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias.
Following the meeting the south’s government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that the meeting had been “extremely productive”. Both President Anastasiades and PM Tsipras were in full agreement about how the talks should proceed.
“The common goal of these initiatives is to terminate the occupation and to reunify Cyprus in a contemporary European state, without foreign guarantees and occupation troops”, Christodoulides said.
He also said that no date had been set for a meeting between Tsipras and Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan, but implied this was in the pipeline. “There is no such date, for now. We are standing by,” the spokesman said.
According to media reports, President Anastasiades met with the Greek Cypriot negotiating team at the Presidential retreat on Troodos on Wednesday, where he learned that there were still some differences outstanding with the Turkish Cypriot side, on a number of issues.
President Anastasiades will meet with President Mustafa Akinci again on 4th January and most likely again on 7th January 7, before both men fly out to Geneva to attend the summit.