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Cyprus leaders to meet ahead of January summit: “Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will hold talks on Tuesday ahead of an international conference in Geneva on January 12 as disagreement remains on the issue of security in an envisioned federal Cyprus. Turkish Cypriots want Turkey to retain military intervention rights and to keep troops on the island while Nicosia insists that those rights – currently enjoyed by guarantor nations Greece, Turkey and Britain – must be scrapped.” [Kathimerini]
President: The critical juncture in the Cyprus negotiations requires bold political decisions: “The critical juncture we are in the negotiation process for a solution of the Cyprus problem, requires bold political decisions, said Saturday President Nicos Anastasiades, at the unveiling of a bust in honour of the Lebanese philosopher Gibran Khalil Gibran in Limassol. “As you all know, we are at a critical juncture in the negotiation process for the solution of the Cyprus problem, which requires bold political decisions. A solution, which, as we have so many times repeated, needs to take into account the legitimate sensitivities and concerns of both communities of Cyprus, leaving neither winners nor losers,” he said.” [Famagusta Gazette]
Tsipras wants Greece to shape national position on Cyprus: “Speaking in parliament on Saturday, Tsipras said that at this critical point, “we must say if we support the solution and what we aim to do to ensure it.” He urged all Greek parties and especially the main opposition party New Democracy to shape a specific position on guarantees and the presence of Turkish troops on the island. It did not suffice to repeat the traditional mantra that “Cyprus decides, Greece supports,” he warned. This was the first time that both leaders in Cyprus truly wanted a settlement of the Cyprus problem, which was why it was necessary to have a “national stance” in Greece, he said.” [Cyprus Mail]
AP Interview: UN envoy says Erdogan ready to deal on Cyprus: “A U.N. envoy says that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ready to “play ball” on reaching a deal on reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus. But Espen Barth Eide indicated in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that it’s unclear where Erdogan wants to take a summit in Geneva next month that aims to hammer out a comprehensive peace accord.” [AP]Back to top