Cyprus’ government spokesman: First time maps are being exchanged since 1976

The top-level meeting between Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots in Geneva is the first time since 1976 where maps have being exchanged, Cyprus’ government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides told journalists on Wednesday during a briefing about the ongoing talks.

He said it is “an important development” noting that there are “no reasons to justify” interrupting the talks. “It’s the start of the negotiations,” he said.

He noted however that the Cypriot side has already specific objections regarding the draft-map handed over by the Turkish Cypriots, which Anastasiades already submitted them in writing. Asked about the objections, Christodoulides refused to specify them. Asked whether Akinci has submitted similar objections, he said he is not aware of any.

He also said that there are no inter-communal talks scheduled for Thursday as the multilateral convention will focus solely on the issues of security and the guarantees.