On Thursday noon in Geneva, the International Conference on Cyprus will be starting deliberations on the issues of security and guarantees.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres will make the opening speech in the Conference, which will be attended by Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci and UN Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Eide. The three guarantor powers, i.e. Greece, Turkey and Britain, will be represented by their Foreign Ministers. The EU will also be attending as an observer/interested party.
President Anastasiades stated that the maps submitted by both sides on Wednesday were “a landmark in the history of the Cyprus issue”, despite the objections produced in writing by the Greek-Cypriot side. In a telephone conversation, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stressed the need to reach a fair and viable solution in line with Cyprus’ capacity as EU member state.