Leaders' meeting yielded mixed results, President Christofias says
Following the conclusion of his latest meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, President Christofias stated Wednesday that he would not be sending a hopeful message regarding the trajectory of the ongoing talks for the solution to the Cyprus problem.
President Christofias expressed hope that on Friday, when the last meeting before the two leaders travel to New York to visit the United Nations Secretary General takes place, he might be in a position to deliver a more optimistic message.
President Christofias added that during Wednesday`s meeting he and Mr. Eroglu reviewed the positions of the two sides on core issues, noting that differences remain regarding the issue of executive power and that the Turkish side has withdrawn from what had been agreed on with former leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat.
To this effect, he stated that "our agreement with Mr. Talat led to the full implementation of the four freedoms in the federal Cyprus, with a transitional period in between. In the property chapter, there are also significant differences, as there are in the EU chapter. We are very close on issues pertaining to legislative power."
President Christofias expressed hope that the Turkish side would attend the meeting on Friday with revised positions which would not include or lead to a proposal for a "two state solution" a position that, he affirmed, "cannot be accepted by the Greek Cypriot side."
The President concluded his statements by saying that he is not "thrilled today, on the contrary, while we are heading towards New York, the message I can give is not hopeful today. I hope that on Friday I will be able to do so."