07 February 2014 13:01

NICOSIA - President Anastasiades said on Thursday that there were ‘serious prospects’ that long-stalled reunification talks could resume but there are rumblings of discontent.
He said negotiations between the two sides on drafting a joint communiqué outlining principles of a settlement were at a “delicate point”.
“It appears there are serious prospects for a substantive joint statement which would satisfy the basic principles governing a Cyprus settlement, and lead to a resumption of negotiations,” Anastasiades said after briefing party leaders.
But not everyone is happy with the leaked draft of the statement with junior coalition partner Diko saying the issue of sovereignty is not safeguarded.
They fear the Turkish side could seek a ‘two-state’ solution through the backdoor.
Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu changed his tune on Thursday saying consultations were in their ‘final stages’ and his side was taking a ‘constructive stance’.
Peace talks were shelved in mid-2012. More recently the United Nations has failed to manage a breakthrough due to disagreement over the wording of a joint statement.
Diplomatic sources said the United States was instrumental in pushing for a way out of the current stalemate. >3


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