Draft transcript of the statements of the UNSG’s Special Adviser on Cyprus after his meeting with the President of the Republic
I had a good conversation with Mr Anastasiades. As you know the leaders’ meeting that was originally scheduled for yesterday has been postponed to this Saturday. What we did yesterday instead was to have a negotiators meeting and there will be another one on Wednesday.
Let me highlight a couple of things. Last week, the two negotiators were jointly in Brussels. That was a historic visit. It has never happened before in this format, they were received at the highest possible level, including by President Junker and they had very solid, good discussions together, presenting the views not of either side but of the two sides jointly towards the European Commission and they were reassured, as I have been, of the full commitment of the European Union and the European Commission to the work that is going on here, not only as a political statement, but on several technical issues, preparations for the full implementation of acquis in the northern part of Cyprus, as one example, with also several other aspects as the European dimension is integral to the entire settlement we need the full support of the EU, who works together with me, with the UN, with the IMF and the World Bank on a number of technical issues that are now of high importance.
We are also emphasizing in this phase several lines for work, which are not necessarily divergent in nature, but which has to be done, in order to make solid preparations for a phase, where the final political agreement can be made. So that some of these technical work is behind us rather than ahead of us at that time. -09.02.2016