Anastasiades:Greek Cypriot side is doing whatever possible to restart talks

‘We’re doing everything possible to restart talks’

By George Psyllides

The Greek Cypriot side is doing whatever possible for reunification talks to resume, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Monday, ahead of a meeting with a United Nations official who will try to get the talks going again after they were cut short last year.

Speaking during an Easter lunch he hosted for children, Anastasiades said the government was doing “everything possible to restart a dialogue, under conditions of mutual respect, without blackmail, without any pressure.”

On Tuesday, Anastasiades is scheduled to meet UN Secretary-General Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, in Cyprus to try and get the talks going again after Anastasiades pulled out in October in reaction to Turkey’s decision to launch seismic surveys inside the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Eide will also meet Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu. He will also confer with Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis.
Quoting unnamed sources, the Cyprus News Agency said the aim was to resume the negotiations from the point where they stopped.

This, the sources said, was expected to take place either end of April or beginning of May.
The specific date, however, would be announced after consultations with both sides.

Eide travelled to Cyprus from Turkey, where he met foreign ministry undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu.

Eide later tweeted that they had “a very productive conversation on Cyprus.”

The Turkish seismic vessel Barbaros left Cyprus a week ago, paving the way for a possible resumption of talks.

Reports quoted the Turkish energy minister as saying there had been an understanding on the withdrawal of the Barbaros and the cessation of drilling by ENI-KOGAS in the island’s EEZ but Anastasiades said no such thing had happened.

The Greek Cypriot side has said it expected to be informed by Eide about the state of affairs and Turkey`s actions, before making any decisions for a possible resumption of the talks.
It warned that it would suspend its participation once more if Turkey violated the EEZ.

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