Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades departs for Geneva on Sunday where he is due to hold talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the context of the UN led talks for the reunification of Cyprus. The talks will be held between 9 and 11 January and from 12 January onward a Conference on Cyprus will take place.
President Anastasiades will be accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides, Under Secretary to the President Constantinos Petrides, Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos,
Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis, the members of his negotiating team Erato Kozakou Markoullis, Kypros Chrysostomides, Polys Polyviou, Panayiotis Demetriou, Nicos Cleanthous, Toumazos Tselepis, Marios Eliades, a team of technocrats as well as members of the National Council, the top advisory body to the President for the Cyprus issue, an official press release says.
The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities, namely President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, are currently engaged in UN-led negotiations with an aim to reunify the island under a federal roof. They are set to meet in Geneva on January 9 to 11, and a conference with the participation of the guarantor powers is scheduled to begin on January 12.