President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday began briefing the political party leaders on the dinner he had with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci last week.
The first meeting was held with Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos, followed by one with socialist Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos. Scheduling for the other party leaders has not yet been fixed.
Speaking after Monday’s two meetings, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said the president had discussed with Papadopoulos some of the latter’s proposals, a number of which had been included in the Diko leader’s election manifesto.
Prodromou said the president had briefed the two political leaders on the dinner “but also had the opportunity to chat with them about the internal governance issues and in particular on the changes needed following the presidential elections”.
“There may be political differences, however, there is a cooperative attitude and an understanding that some common objectives, which were clarified. Through dialogue, there should be some cooperation to create a better functioning of the political system, either reforms or social measures or measures for specific categories of social groups,” he added.
European Parliament to discuss Cypriot EEZ
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament will on Monday afternoon discuss recent developments in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
The debate will begin around 5pm Cyprus time in Brussels and can be watched live on the European Parliament’s website.
In February this year, Turkey sent naval ships to blockade Italian giant’s ENI’s drillship Saipem 12000 which was heading for block 3 of the island’s economic zone. The drillship was stalled for two weeks before eventually leaving for Morocco.
In its 2018 Report on Turkey, published last week, the European Commission urged Turkey to avoid any kind of threat or action against a member state, or source of friction or actions that damage good neighbourly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes.
Turkey lays claim to parts of a number of drilling sites in Cyprus’ EEZ and the Turkish Cypriots lay claim to others. The Turkish side wants the hydrocarbons issue on the table at Cyprus negotiations but the Greek Cypriots say the matter was settled during previous rounds of talks and that energy was to be an issue for the federal government following a Cyprus solution.