Anastasiades-Akinci discuss territorial adjustment criteria
President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci wrapped up their meeting in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, at 2:30pm (Cyprus) and are set continue their discussions during a working dinner at 9pm.
When asked if further progress and convergences were achieved during the meeting, focussed on the territorial adjustment criteria, a CNA English source noted that “there isn’t anything to say on this yet,” while also recommending “patience”.
In addition to Anastasiades and Akinci, the working dinner will be attended by UN Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, UN Special Representative on Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar, negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, spokespersons Nicos Christodoulides and Baris Burcu, according to CNA English.
Eide is expected to make a statement to the press regarding Monday's talks. Responding to if Anastasiades and Akinci will also make statements, the CNA English source said: “It is up to them to decide [making a statement]."
Prior to the working dinner, Anastasiades and Akinci are expected to hold meetings with their negotiating teams.
Anastasiades and Akinci resumed their Swiss-based talks, to be held from November 20-21, after holding week-long discussions between November 7 to 11, with a view to reach an agreement on the territory issue.
Although the two leaders are said to have come close to agreeing the amount of territory that should be run by the Turkish Cypriot leadership – around 29 per cent of the island – there are still disputes over which towns and villages should be included, reported Anadolu Agency.
Any agreement will mean redrawing existing boundaries and potentially moving thousands from their current homes, 42 years after many from both sides were displaced when the island was split following the Turkish invasion and subsequent occupation.
If a deal is reached on territorial changes, negotiators are expected to announce a date for a final ‘solution-defining’ summit between Anastasiades, Akinci and the Republic’s three guarantor powers – Turkey, Greece and the UK.
That meeting will focus on the key security issue, particularly the 30,000 Turkish troops that remain based on the island after the invasion.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and illegally occupied its northern third.
Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
Once a final agreement is reached it will be put to both communities in a referendum. A 2004 peace deal, the ‘Annan Plan’, was approved by Turkish Cypriots but overwhelmingly rejected by Greek Cypriots.