Christodoulides: Territorial talks and map exchanges will take place later on today!

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will be meeting later this afternoon in Geneva, for a presentation on behalf of the negotiators of their discussions on governance, followed by talks on the chapter of territory and an exchange of maps, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said.

He noted that the maps would be examined by experts and would then be kept by the United Nations, under the auspices of which the talks are being held.

Christodoulides also said that the leaders of the two communities, namely President Anastasiades and Akinci, discussed governance and property issues, and that there was some progress on certain governance aspects, such as amendments to the constitution, while on other issues clear guidelines have been given to the experts who will work all afternoon to achieve greater progress.

Furthermore, Christodoulides called on the press to be exceptionally wary of those who wish to exploit the situation in Geneva to create obstacles in the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunify the island under a federal roof. On December 1st, 2016, they decided to continue their negotiations from January 9th to 11th in Geneva and that on January 12th an international Conference on Cyprus will begin.

source: CNA