07 January 2014 09:19

 The government is moving to avoid a total impasse in the Cyprus problem after the rejection by the Turkish side of President Anastasiades’ latest suggestions for a common statement ahead of Cyprus talks, writes Costas Venizelos.
A number of ideas will be addressed at the National Council meeting on Wednesday with the government supporting that, without a common agreement, peace talks cannot resume.
At the meeting, the issue of the developments in Turkey and their impact on Cyprus peace talks will also be discussed.
Meanwhile, in an effort to find agreement between the two sides, UN Secretary General’s Special representative, Alexander Downer is returning to the island on January 12.
Downer will then head to New York to brief the Secretary General and the Security Council on the SG’s good offices mission in Cyprus.
The Security Council will discuss the resolution on the renewal of the UNFICYP mandate, expected to be adopted on January 29.
During his visit, Downer is expected to meet Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu and the negotiators for both sides.


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