Monday`s discussions on the thorny issue of security and guarantees concluded in the evening after a session lasting one and a half hours, during which Cyprus` three guarantor powers (Greece, Turkey and the UK) and the leaders of the island`s two communities, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci were present.
Talks will continue on Tuesday morning with a discussion on security matters and issues relating to guarantees at table 1.
Later on talks will resume at table 2 on the remaining five chapters, which relate to governance, EU matters, property, territory and the economy.
Asked how Monday`s meeting went, President Anastasiades replied: “I wish I could tell you that things were as we had wanted.”
Akinci said “we are working and will continue to do so.”
Greek Foreign Minister said: “I will have to think seriously whether I should tell you,” in response to the same question.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavosoglu told the press he admires them for their patience.
Espen Barth Eide, UN SG`s special adviser on Cyprus said there is an agreement not to make any comment, adding that “this is a process that is ongoing.”
Earlier on Anastasiades and Akinci discussed all chapters and commented on the positions of each other.
Meanwhile, reliable information suggests that Guterres will be here on Thursday.
President Anastasiades chairs a meeting of the National Council, the top advisory body to the President on the Cyprus issue.
UN facilitated peace talks began in Crans Montana last Wednesday to help find a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.