TRNC News 11.1.2017 2nd day of Cyprus summit in Geneva
Second day of the Cyprus summit in Geneva
The second day of the Cyprus summit in Geneva has been concluded.
Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu stated that both sides discussed the active participation of the Turkish Cypriot side in the decisions and principles that might change in the constitution of a united federal Cyprus; this was also discussed by the negotiation teams.
After their meeting, the Leaders updated political party leaders and representatives who are accompanying the negotiating team in Geneva as part of the Cyprus summit. Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu, who was also briefed by Turkish Cypriot negotiator Özdil Nami, and Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün, who travelled to Geneva yesterday, were both present on the Turkish Cypriot side, along with other political party leaders and representatives.
Working groups from both sides made two technical meetings on property. The working groups also discussed how to finance compensation schemes for property owners, which would form part of a possible federal solution. Experts from the World Bank and IMF also attended the working group meetings.
The property working groups continued their work yesterday in order to transform the areas of agreement into a mutual consensus.
UNSG Guterres to open the International Conference
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will open the international conference for the Cyprus summit on 12 January in Geneva.
The conference will include both the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, as well the guarantor countries of Cyprus, Turkey, Greece and the UK. The European Union will be an observer at the international conference.
Guterres will also preside over the first session of the conference.
Yıldırım: “A fair and equal system of governance must be guaranteed”
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has made a statement regarding the negotiations between TRNC and the Greek Cypriot side. He said that: “Some issues have been agreed, yet of course there are also some areas that Turkey is interested in. A fair and equal system of governance must be guaranteed on the island. Trust in each other’s societies is not enough. Everything must be agreed, in light of painful experiences in the past.”
UK Foreign Secretary Johnson to attend the conference
The UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, will attend the international conference on Cyprus peace talks on 12 January in Geneva.
In his statement, Britain’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, said: “We congratulate both sides of the island on their efforts. Our Foreign Secretary will go to Geneva to ensure that these important negotiations progress. We hope that a federal solution can be reached.”
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