According to the Greek Cypriot press, negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis has said that there is a wide gap of consensus between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots on the matter of Governance in the Cyprus negotiations.
The particular issue is one of a rotating presidency, something which has been rejected in the past by the South.
Mavroyannis said that it is not possible for his side to accept a rotating presidency.
Addressing a meeting of the DISI Young Scientists Organisation in Paphos, he said that with President Akinci’s election both sides were able to negotiate without the pressure of timetables. He added that the sides aimed to keep the public informed about the negotiations process and said he believed that a federation would work in Cyprus.
On governance, Mavroyiannis said that the Turkish Cypriots wanted a rotating presidency; however the Greek Cypriot side believes that the leadership had to be elected by the public and it had to represent both sides of the community. He added that they were looking into this but did not agree on having a rotating presidency.
He ended by saying that both leaders were making sincere and considerable efforts to reach a settlement.