In statements made on Sunday, on the resumption of the Cyprus talks in Geneva today, the German FM pointed out that the negotiations on reunification are now on the final straight. “If a breakthrough were to be achieved, it would be great news not only for people in Cyprus but for Europe as a whole and the entire region’’, he said.
Steinmeier expresses his hope that particularly now at this stage the two sides will not lose heart and will resolutely seek compromises to the last remaining contentious issues.
“That will not be easy. However, the fact that the difficult security and guarantee issues are to be discussed now for the first time with the three guarantor powers Greece, Turkey and the UK is a good sign. We hope that the three guarantor powers are willing to play their part in finding a good solution and will help fulfill the will of the Cypriots, namely reunification’’, he said.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci decided on December 1st 2016 to resume their UN-backed negotiations and to meet in Geneva between 9-11 January.
On the 11th they decided to present their respective maps. According to their decision a Conference on Cyprus will be convened from the 12th of January. The guarantor powers -UK, Greece and Turkey- will also participate at the Conference.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Anastasaides and Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May 2015, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.