Deliberations on the Cyprus issue will continue on January 18th at a technocratic level.

The International Conference in Geneva was concluded in the late hours of Thursday. As announced by the UN, the three guarantor powers, i.e. United Kingdom, Turkey and Greece, fully committed to reaching an overall settlement of the Cyprus issue. Deliberations at a technocratic level will focus on the issues of security and guarantees.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres appeared optimistic about the settlement of the Cyprus issue. A discussion on the issues of security and guarantees has started and this is a success, stated Greek Cypriot government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias stressed the need to withdraw the Turkish occupation forces but his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Cavusoglu, rejected any such prospect, saying however that the talks for the settlement of the Cyprus issue are at a crucial juncture.