Cyprus president Anastasiades briefs Greek PM on the meeting with Akinci

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades called Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the phone on Wednesday and briefed him on the results of his meeting with Turkish-Cypriot community leader Mustafa Akinci.

Following the meeting, the office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide issued an announcement saying the two sides had asked the UN to prepare for another international meeting with the guarantor powers in early March.

In statements about the new meeting, Cyprus deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said the level at which the meeting will be held had not yet been decided but that “it will have the same format as the previous meeting, since the participants will be the Cyprus Republic, the two communities, the three guarantor powers and the European Union.”

During their meeting on Wednesday, the leaders of the two communities on Cyprus reviewed the progress made in Geneva and Mont Pelerin and also decided to meet once a week throughout February, while the negotiators will continue regular meetings three times a week.

Cyprus’ deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said that Anastasiades will also contact President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos on the telephone, while sources reported that the Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides may meet Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Thursday.

Talking to the Cyprus broadcaster RIK, Papadopoulos said the meetings in February will aim at a resolution of the major issues concerning the five chapters of the internal aspects of the Cyprus issue. There will also be discussion on the security and guarantees aspect, he added, but this will not be final since there were other interested parties. The negotiators will continue talks to resolve differences and problems of lesser importance, he said.