According to a written statement by the Spokesperson of the UN Good Offices Mission in Cyprus, Michel Bonnardeaux, the Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and the Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Özersay met on Wednesday in the United Nations Protected Area of Nicosia at the Good Offices Mission...
"The negotiators and their teams will meet respectively with the United Nations Good Offices on Friday, 21 February in order to prepare for their joint meeting on Monday", the press release concludes
SUBSTANTIVE discussions have begun on the Cyprus issue, the UN said on Monday following the latest meeting between chief negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis for the Greek Cypriot side, and Kudret Ozersay for the Turkish Cypriot side.
“They completed their exchange of views on process and started substantive discussions on issues connected to different chapters,” a brief statement from the UN said following the meeting at the Good Offices Mission at the old Nicosia Airport.
The two negotiators will meet again on March 4. Mavroyiannis is slated to travel to Ankara, and Osersay to Athens on Thursday for high-level meetings with the Turkish and Greek leadership respectively, a component that has never been part of Cyprus talks in the past. This round of talks between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu began on February 11 on the basis of a joint declaration that sets out the parameters of the talks
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A number of working groups has been also set up on governance and power sharing, EU matters, security and guarantees, territory, property, economic matters and citizenship but these have not been activated, according to the Cyprus News Agency.
In their statement, they also underline that Cyprus has centuries’ long experience of Christians and Muslims living , working and worshipping side by side in harmony and that religion was and still is a victim of the protracted conflict.
“For too many decades we were not able to meet, to listen and to understand each other, for the last years we have agreed to meet regularly, openly express our respect and listen to one another”, the statement reads.
The religious leaders in Cyprus also stated that their encounters have helped them to get to know each other and understand the other’s needs and that together they have tried to find practical solutions, build trust and confidence and have succeeded.
“We see our responsibility to ensure that the political conflict is resolved and we believe that there is no alternative to communication, cooperation and coexistence”, the statement points out.
The leaders also believe that working together, seeking to overcome differences and supporting each other are obligations for people of faith and tools to promote faith when there is doubt, love where there is hatred and hope to overcome despair.
“Our faith in God is our hope, It is to Him we turn, for nothing is impossible with God”, the joint statement concludes.
In statements to the press , both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot who covered the meeting, Archbishop Chrysostomos said that the role of Turkey in the negotiations is extremely important.
“I believe that Turkey can play a positive role in the dialogue so that we can come to a positive result”, he said.
He also went on to say that during the lunch hosted by the Swedish Ambassador, the leaders exchanged ideas and views, continued the dialogue they began and also discussed ways of how they can help each other.
Cyprus Archbishop said that through cooperation and love they hope to be able to bring back the days where both communities lived together in harmony.
Mufti of Cyprus in his statements said that the religious leaders wish to give the message of peace to everybody living in Cyprus. He pointed out that the language used by the religious leaders can be different from the politicians.
“I believe as religious leaders we can manage , we can understand each other better and with the help of Allah and God, we can work together”, he said.
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The statement is signed by the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos, Mufti of Cyprus Dr. Talip Atalay, Maronite Archbishop Youssef Soueif, Armenian Archbishop Varoujan Herkelian and Patriarchal Latin Vicar in Cyprus George Kraj OFM.
DISY and TDP share similar views on Cyprus issue
The leaderships of ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) and Turkish Cypriot Social Democracy Party (TDP) have determined shared views on the form the solution should take, namely a bizonal bicommunal federation with a single sovereignty, citizenship and international personality.
Speaking after the meeting, DISY President Averof Neophytou said such meetings were very important, adding that the two parties shared similar views on the Cyprus issue.
He said the prospect of reunification was a great opportunity for everyone, adding that "it is up to us to restore relationships of trust and to work together to alleviate the feelings of insecurity of the Turkish Cypriots and also the Greek Cypriots".
Neophytou noted that the effort to solve the Cyprus problem was not easy, and expressed hope that it would be successful.
Speaking through an interpreter, TDP President Cemal Ozyiğit said all Cypriots suffered because of the Cyprus problem, adding that "we should not stay stuck in the past but draw lessons from our history, so that we can work hard for the solution of the problem and a better future for our common homeland".
Ozyiğit said this past caused feelings of insecurity among Turkish Cypriots and pointed out the need for a joint effort to restore confidence.
He said it was necessary to reach a solution and to promote confidence building measures, adding that the issue of Famagusta and the European Parliament elections could constitute such measures.
Neophytou clarified that the Turkish Cypriots have the right to participate in the European elections and that it was up to them to do so.
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The negotiators of the two sides in Cyprus, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Kudret Ozersay hold Thursday meetings in Ankara and Athens on the Cyprus issue and the resumption of the UN backed talks.
Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis will be meeting in Ankara with the Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs , Ambassador Feridun H. Sinirlioğlu while Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Ozersay is expected to meet the Secretary General of the Greek Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Anastassis Mitsialis.
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According to sources, there will be no statements following the meetings.
"They held substantive discussions on issues connected to
different chapters. The negotiators agreed to continue these discussions at their next meeting on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 in the United Nations Protected Area. They also agreed in principle to have a leaders’ meeting towards the end of March 2014," UN spokesman Michel Bonnardeaux said after the meeting.
Settlement will increase the per capita income by 11000 euros
Double the GDP within 20 years
Turkish Cypriot economist Mustafa Besim has said that a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem will double the GDP within 20 years and increase the per capita income by 11.000 euros.
The statements were made at Chateau Status restaurant in the buffer zone in Nicosia during a presentation of a report under the title "Cyprus Dividend Revisited”, reports Kibris.
The briefing was held by Besim, the Greek Cypriot economist Alex Apostolides and Cyprus analyst Fiona Mullen, who cooperated in a project prepared by PRIO Peace Research Institute and financed by northern European countries.
The report had been submitted last week to the negotiators of the two Cypriot communities and businessmen in Brussels. — Copyright © Famagusta Gazette 2013
On Sunday during a public event in Liopetri, Anastasiades sounded pessimistic for the first time since the talks began although he has only met Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu the once. They are due to meet again on March 31. The bulk of the negotiations are being carried out by the chief negotiators from both sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Kudret Ozersay who meet around once a week.
“I must say that the first indications are not as encouraging as we would like them to be,” said Anastasiades. “That is why I am saying that the struggle begins now and it will be difficult,” Anastasiades said.
Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Friday the talks would likely enter the give-and-take phase next month, which will test the mettle of both sides on substantive issues.
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