All party leaders represented at the Greek Cypriot National Council will accompany President Nicos Anastasiades to Geneva next month for the resumed Cyprus talks and the scheduled multi-party conference, the Council heard on Wednesday.
After a reportedly stormy meeting of the National Council, Anastasiades told the press that the session had been very productive despite disagreements.
The only absentee from National Council meeting, which lasted around three hours, was the far-right party Elam that announced on Monday it was leaving because it opposed the type of settlement that was being negotiated.
“I heard their concerns and some of the disagreements of the political leaders. I take into consideration and fully respect everything that has been said and we will proceed accordingly, always cooperating with the leaders and the Greek government,” the president said.
“All those participating in the National Council will accompany (me),” he said.
Anastasiades said that it was “absolutely necessary” that the European Union was present at the multi-party conference that will be held in Geneva on 12th January.
Additionally, it has been arranged for the permanent members of the UN Security Council to attend. He gave no further details.
But Anastasiades said that the multi-party conference was not the end of the road.
“If the need arises to continue the dialogue, it will continue,” the president said. “We are going there with determination and always guided by the views and positions of the Greek Cypriot side.” He added that the concerns of both communities would be taken into consideration.
The negotiations in Geneva will begin on 9th January, then on 11th January, the two sides will present their respective maps with territorial criteria.
The international conference on security and guarantees with guarantor powers Turkey, Greece, and Britain will take place on 12th January. A UN announcement last Thursday said that “other relevant parties shall be invited as needed”.