The two negotiators in the UN-brokered Cyprus peace talks met again yesterday to continue the screening on issues connected to different chapters with signs of progress.
And they will meet again on Tuesday to conclude the screening and agree on the way forward, a statement from the UN in Nicosia said.
“In preparation for the meeting on Tuesday, the UN will hold bilateral meetings with both negotiators on Monday,” the UN said.
Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Ozersay described yesterday’s meeting with his Greek Cypriot counterpart Andreas Mavroyiannis as ‘the best so far, the most positive’.
It came as a surprise considering that after their previous meeting, earlier this week, Mavroyiannis issued a written statement accusing his opposite number of violating the agreed procedure.
And of making statements that create false impressions regarding a controversial UN document on convergences and divergences agreed by the two sides in the past.
The document was drafted by former UN special envoy for Cyprus Alexander Downer who has been strongly attacked over it.
Mavroyiannis made clear that the document was not re-negotiated as Ozersay was quoted as saying in the occupied north.
Yesterday, Ozersay said that the Greek Cypriot side is sensitive over that document but it does not mean that convergences have not been agreed between the two sides.
The new round of talks resumed on February 11 after agreement was reached between the two community leaders on a joint communiqué highlighting key principles of a federated Cyprus.
But the road appears to be bumpy even though both sides have tried to avoid engaging in a blame game.
Nonetheless, President Anastasiades told the UN chief Ban Ki-moon, whom he met in Brussels last week, that divergences were observed even in the joint communiqué which kick-started the process.
He called for the urgent need to implement mutual confidence-building measures on the island.