Nicosia, October 16, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
On most of the issues that were discussed today in the negotiations on the Cyprus problem convergences appear to exist, said the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades today.
In his remarks to reporters, following his arrival at the Presidential Palace from the site where the talks on the Cyprus problem take place, the President said that during his meeting, today, with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community “the issues of citizenship, the issue of legal residence, the issues of the basic freedoms and of the right to vote, were discussed.
I must say that in a constructive atmosphere it appears that there are convergences on most of the issues; certain specific issues remain for clarification and those have been forwarded to the interlocutors for further consideration.”
Replying to a question whether the Turkish Cypriot leader accepts the implementation of the right to settlement and property acquisition, the President said that “this has already been agreed.” He added that “this is why I say that there is significant progress. Certain details remain to be determined on certain of the other issues.”
Invited to comment on remarks by the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community that he has reservations as to whether the Greek Cypriot want a bizonal, bicommunal federation and whether they understand the term of the bizonal, bicommunal federation, the President said that “we most certainly understand federation, and I want also the others to realize that certain proposals are not consistent with federation when they introduce elements of confederation. And there is much more that must be taken into account.”