President briefs National Council on Cyprus developments ahead of Geneva meetings

President briefs National Council on Cyprus developments ahead of Geneva meetings

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades briefed on Thursday the National Council - top advisory body to the President on the Cyprus issue- on the latest developments regarding the Cyprus problem in the light of next week's meetings in Geneva.

In statements to the press after the meeting of the National Council, Deputy Government Spokesman Viktoras Papadopoulos told reporters that the National Council was fully briefed by President Anastasiades on the developments following the last meeting of the Council, as well as on the Conference on Cyprus that will take place in Geneva on the 12th of January.

He also said that President Anastasiades will consult with the leaders of the political parties, who will accompany him to Geneva, on a daily basis regarding developments there.

President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci decided to meet in Geneva on January 9-11 in the context of the UN-sponsored talks to discuss all outstanding issues for a Cyprus settlement and exchange maps. On January 12 a conference on Cyprus will be convened in the presence of the guarantor powers (Greece, Turkey and the UK) and other relevant parties as needed to discuss the issue of guarantees and security.

In his statements, the Deputy Government Spokesman said that the President informed the members of the National Council about the legal opinions received by the governments of Cyprus and Greece from prestigious international law firms, which, as he pointed out, 'fully reaffirm the positions of the government and address concerns raised by the political parties'.

He also said that the discussion at the National Council “was held in a positive climate with all political leaders expressing their readiness to be of help to the President during the crucial meeting in Geneva”.

Concluding, Papadopoulos said that the President is very satisfied with the constructive dialogue that was held at the meeting.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided by Turkish troops since 1974 when Turkey invaded and since then occupies 37% of this EU Mediterranean island's territory. President Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May 2015 with a view to reunify the island under a federal roof.

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