President Mustafa Akinci held a press conference after his meeting with President Anastasiades earlier today.
Progress was being made, he said but noted that difficult issues remain – those which had existed for years.
Akinci said past negotiations were marked by leaders holding entrenched positions, however they were now on a more difficult path, but it was the right one.
The President said that there were no intentions to delay the process but pointed out that there would be political elections in the South in May. The results of these elections would have an effect on the negotiations process, making it even more sensitive. Therefore, the aim was to find a settlement before May 2016. A move which would benefit both sides, he said.
Referring to the issue of guarantees, Akinci said that this subject was an international concern and could not only be decided by the two sides. He noted that there were three guarantors who needed to agree.
On the issue of a rotating presidency, Akinci said that there was no agreement as yet. However, if there was never to be a Turkish Cypriot president of the new state, then this would mean political inequality for the Turkish Cypriots, which would be unacceptable.
Meanwhile, UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide said: “The leaders believe that the coming months will be critical for the process.
The leaders agreed to intensify their work thereafter and increase the frequency of their meetings in the coming months, expressing their commitment to work tirelessly to reach a comprehensive settlement as soon as possible.”
Anastasiades and Akinci will next meet on October 12, and October 30.
Kibris Postasi, Cyprus Mail