European Commissioner on Enlargement Stefan Fule on Monday night said in Nicosia that he had ‘a very comprehensive and a very good discussion’ with President Anastasiades.
But he did not elaborate as he rushed to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in the Turkish-held part of the capital.
At the same time, Anastasiades said their one-hour-long meeting (photo) was both productive and fruitful.
And that the EU fully backs his proposal it play a much more active and substantial role in the fresh round of UN-brokered Cyprus peace talks.
“The role played by (European Commission President Barroso's Personal Representative) Pieter van Nuffel will be a lot more substantial…he will ensure that proposals submitted on the negotiating table are compatible with the EU acquis communautaire,” the President said.
Government spokesman Christos Stylianides went a step further telling journalists after the meeting that ideas and proposals were exchanged with Fule on how van Nuffel’s services will be fully exploited.
He also said that the second issue raised was the value and importance of confidence-building measures in the peace process.
“It was made obvious that the EU recognise fully the importance and value of CBMs. Especially that on Famagusta,” he added.
President Anastasiades argues that the immediate return of the ghost town of Famagusta to its lawful Greek Cypriot inhabitants will boost recently-launched efforts to reunite the island.
Fule will also meet UN Secretary General’s resident representative in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim and local politicians and representatives of non-governmental organisations before his departure tonight.
In the morning, he will inaugurate a bi-communal sewage treatment plant in occupied Mia Milia in northern Nicosia. It was a project funded by the EU.