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Cyprus Peace Process Roundup

Sunday, December 4, 2016  | 

Cyprus talks back on track, Tsipras-Erdogan meeting not ruled out: “The Prime Minister’s Office said the government has not ruled out a bilateral meeting between Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the January 12 multiparty summit concerning Cyprus that Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci agreed on late Thursday night. The rival Cypriot leaders agreed to resume talks over a dinner hosted by the United Nations in the buffer zone dividing the war-torn island. It was the first face-to-face meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci since reunification talks broke down in Swtizerland last month.” [Kathimerini]

Cyprus seeks Turkey co-operation over missing: “Cyprus will ask the Council of Europe (CoE) to request from Turkey access to its military records regarding the location of mass graves in the north of the island.  According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) the Republic of Cyprus, which chairs the CoE’s Committee of Ministers until May 2017, is to submit a memo on the issue, next week. The Cyprus government aims to raise the matter at the meeting of the CoE’s Committee of Ministers, between December 6 and 8 in Strasbourg, where the issue of the missing will be discussed together with Ankara’s compliance with the relevant decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), CNA said. The government wants Turkey to give access to military records but also give information on the relocations of remains.” [Cyprus Mail]

Eide supports Tsipras – Erdogan meeting, acknowledges Cyprus guarantees issues remains the hardest: “UN Special Advisor on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, strongly supports the idea of a meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the issue of guarantees, acknowledging that this is a thorny issue that needs to be resolved as Cyprus is in a volatile region. In remarks after meeting in Athens on Friday with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, he said it was a “a very good and very thorough conversation”, particularly on the issues of security and guarantees which are now the most important elements of the remaining part of the negotiations that he is chairing in Cyprus. Regarding his meeting with Prime Minister Tsipras earlier Friday, he said it was a “very good conversation which is very important at this stage”. [Famagusta Gazette]

Greek president rebukes Turkey’s Erdogan over ‘might is right’ attitude on Cyprus:  “There is no Turkish republic in northern Cyprus. There is an invasion and occupation. There is no state entity. No one disputes this,” Pavlopoulos said, saying that the Greeks are not demanding anything from Turkey, but will not make any concessions when it comes to international law. [Kathimerini]

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