02 April 2014 13:07

The substantial involvement of the European Union in the Cyprus peace talks will be the main issue of discussion at today's meeting in Brussels between President Anastasiades and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The face to face will be held in the Belgian capital on the sidelines of the EU-Africa Summit, and will be preceded by separate meetings of the UN chief with European Council president Herman Van Rompuy and EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.
The UN are encouraging EU involvement in the Cyprus issue, but the Turkish side still needs to be persuaded and that is why Ban is being asked to intercede.
The Turkish side has not raised any obstacles to the presence of the EU official in the process, but does not want Pieter Van Nuffel to have a substantial role in the negotiations or to have the power to amend provisions that will be discussed in the negotiations in the event that they do not comply with the acquis communautaire.
During their meeting, Anastasiades and Ban Ki-moon will also take stock of the negotiations so far, while the president will convey to the UN chief what he told Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on Monday - that is, that the process is not progressing because the Turkish side is submitting positions which diverge from the joint communiqué.


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