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Cyprus Peace Process Roundup

Sunday, January 1, 2017  | 

Anastasiades seeks to avoid ‘excessive euphoria’ as Cyprus talks move to Geneva:  “Anastasiades, in his New Year`s Message, has made it clear that, in spite of the significant progress achieved in the negotiations for a Cyprus solution, he does not intend to create a climate of excessive euphoria. He stressed that he goes to the Geneva talks, in early January under UN auspices, in full understanding of the difficulties, with all the good disposition and a positive spirit for a creative negotiation, having in mind first and foremost the concerns and the expectations of the people.” [Famagusta Gazette]

Tsipras and Anastasiades hammer out Cyprus issues prior to Geneva talks: “Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades agreed at a meeting here on Friday to take joint actions on international level regarding the resolution of the Cyprus issue…”The commitment of both Greece and the Republic of Cyprus to the achievement of a fair and viable solution based on the UN resolutions was reiterated. A decision for taking joint actions on a European and international level was made,” read an e-mailed press statement issued from the Greek prime minister’s office after the talks.” [Famagusta Gazette]

Akinci insists on Turkish military presence on Cyprus: “Expectations of a successful outcome to reunification talks between rival leaders on Cyprus were somewhat dampened on Wednesday after Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci reiterated to the Turkish service of the BBC that if Greece and Cyprus insist on a settlement which includes “no guarantees and no armies,” then “negotiations will end before they even begin.” Akinci argued that his demand for a Turkish military presence on the island and a system of guarantees, which the Greek side wants to scrap as an “anachronism,” stemmed from his desire “not to experience war again.” [Kathimerini]

Anastasiades: Natural gas supply an incentive for Turkey:  “The most important thing is for [Turkey] to become an energy hub. The normalization of ties with Israel and the need to get natural gas supplies from there, presupposes that that pipelines will run through Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Cyprus Republic may not have veto rights, but it can raise objections over the pipeline route,” said Anastasiades, adding that Ankara could also be interested in the discovery of natural gas deposits.” [Kathimerini]

Cyprus urges Turkey to face up to responsibilities: “Turkey “will have to demonstrate whether its public rhetoric about wanting a solution to the Cyprus problem will be transformed into a specific proposal,” [Anastasiades] said. Any such proposal must “respect international legality and be consistent with the status of the Republic of Cyprus as an EU member state.” [Kathimerini]

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