Anastasiades submits proposals -Gutierres returns to Conference on Cyprus

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades announced on Wednesday evening he will submit proposals to overcome the deadlock at the ongoing negotiations on Cyprus taking place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

“In view of the deadlock observed over the past eight days and as a sign, once again, of our real desire to achieve a solution that will not fall outside the principles, values, but also the parameters set by the National Council and the positions we have submitted from time to time, I took the initiative to submit proposals to overcome the deadlock,” he told journalists as he entered the conference room.

“What I expect is that the other side will show the same goodwill to move beyond the deadlock that have been created and the obsessions that have been cultivated,” he added.

Antonio Gutierres returns

U. N. Secretary–General Antonio Gutierres will return on Thursday in Cyprus talks to push all sides closer to a deal, after Turkish side insisted that it won’t sign any agreement involving the withdrawal of all its troops from the island.

UN Secretary managed, since last Friday when he talked with and contacted the representatives of all sides, to form an informal 5-point framework, in order to create conditions for a solution.

According to reports, the 5-point framework , with which he intends to guide the process includes the issues of Security – Guarantees, Troops, Territorial, Property, Equal Treatment, Effective Participation.

However, UN Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide is pressing for participation of the three Prime Ministers and insists that they should respect the wish of Mr Gutierrez to meet them in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

“There are those who want the Prime Ministers to come. I answered them that, for the Prime Ministers to come, we have to have moved ahead”, said Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, commenting on Eides’ proposal.

The morning sessions of the Cyprus talks have been postponed, after the tension and polarization caused by the Turkish side, and in anticipation of Gutierres’ arrival at Crans Montana, Switzerland

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