NICOSIA – President Anastasiades on Wednesday afternoon will call UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon to determine the next seps of the Greek Cypriot side on efforts to relaunch the stalled Cyprus peace talks..
This is what government spokesman Christos Styliandies told journalists after a morning meeting between the President, the island's party leaders and the negotiating team on the UN-brokered talks.
And hours only after the Secretary General’s spokesperson said important progress was achieved.
“Important progress was achieved on the joint statement through discussions and constructive engagement by the Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Greece and Turkey,” the spokesperson said New York.
“Although this work has not yet concluded, the Secretary-General is hopeful that it will lead to a successful outcome soon,” added the spokesperson.
Nonetheless, Nicosia expressed no optimism after Saturday’s visit to the occupied area by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who failed to initiate any breakthrough in prospects of the talks’ resumption.
But negotiations continue with the UN in Nicosia in a bid to reach agreement on the joint communiqué clarifying the basis of the negotiations.
This is a pre-condition set by the President who has made it clear that he won’t enter a dialogue for the sake of entering a dialogue.
Davutoglu had called on the Greek Cypriot side to make “positive” contributions to revive the process.
And Nicosia argued that he has torpedoed any possibility for the resumption of a substantive dialogue.