President Nicos Anastasiades has spoken to President Mustafa Akinci on the phone to say that he wishes to meet, Akinci’s press office announced.
According to a statement issued by the press office, President Akinci had said that it would be useful to meet with the Greek Cypriot leader to assess the current issues regarding the Cyprus problem, BRT reports.
It said that both sides would be in touch to arrange a meeting to be hosted by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus and Chief of the UN Mission, Elizabeth Spehar at a date yet to be decided in the last week of February.
Meanwhile, an opinion piece in Greek Cypriot daily ‘Cyprus Mail’, says that UN Secretary-General’s Temporary Advisor Jane Holl Lute, who recently paid a visit to Cyprus and had two meetings with both community leaders to see if there was any basis to resume the Cyprus negotiations, had said nothing about her findings. She is reported to have flown off to meet with the guarantors of Cyprus to discuss security and guarantees, a sticking point at the last round of failed negotiations in Crans-Montana. Lute whose job it was to undertake a fact-finding mission on the topic in an attempt to find common ground to resume the talks and having found none, appears to have fallen into the roll of mediator, the op-ed says. Indicating that she is doomed to continue in this roll as President Anastasiades would like nothing better than to keep the talks going while he is in office.
President Akinci has said there is no point picking up where the talks left off as the Greek Cypriots remain intransigent in their attitude towards political equality between both Cypriot communities.
BRT, Cyprus Mail