NICOSIA -- It is certainly not considered accidental in diplomatic circles that the launch of the second most crucial phase of Cyprus settlement talks coincides with the visit to the island of UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, on a reported exploratory mission.
The official is not scheduled to attend the first meeting negotiators hold tomorrow as part of the second phase, but will hold talks with both President Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.
In the backdrop of Feltman’s contacts, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Kudret Ozersay, fresh from a ‘reconciliation lesson’ in South Africa, will focus on the thorny issue of property, as well as the powers of the executive.
Responding to an Eroglu remark that property should be one of the last aspects to be negotiated, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides stressed that the Greek-Cypriot side is not in the mood to discuss “only half the Cyprus problem”.
It was anticipated that there would have been no real progress, in the first exploratory phase of the talks, Kasoulides added, “but from May 6, there can be steady progress, at a speed corresponding to the degree of difficulty that we face”.