President Christofias: Turkish side shifts stance on the powers of the executive
Nicosia, Sep 17 – The President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias said on Thursday that the Turkish side had shifted its stance on the issue of executive powers, in the context of negotiations to solve the Cyprus problem, adding that the new revised proposals on governance would be sent to experts for further consideration.
Speaking upon his return to the Presidential Palace from his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, President Christofias said that the meeting scheduled for October 2 has been postponed and that two or more meetings would be held per week, adding that meetings would be held on October 7, 8, 14 and 15.
“We had a tête-à-tête meeting. It was short because I will be departing for Brussels. We have decided that the proposals given by the two sides on the issue of governance, the new revised proposals, will be sent to the experts for further processing. We will hold two meetings per week and will see if we can arrange more,” he said.
When asked if the new proposals bring the two sides closer together, President Christofias said ''the proposals are, in any case, improved,” adding that “there is a shift by the Turkish side on the issue of the executive powers.”
In response to a comment that there have been suggestions at the talks that the president and the vice-president of a reunited Cyprus should be elected by the senate, President Christofias said, “we have a different view. We want the President and the Vice-President to be elected by the people,'' he added.
In reply to questions, President Christofias said “today we just chatted about the procedure and of course exchanged views in a broader manner, in a friendly spirit.”
In regards to whether the issue of property would be discussed during the next meeting, since the proposals on governance will be sent to the experts, President Christofias said “yes, I think so.”