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Anastasiades ready to return to the negotiating table

President Nicos Anastasiades has reiterated the Greek Cypriot side’s determination to return to the negotiating table after good preparation and within the framework set out by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Anastasiades also revealed he has sent letters to that effect to the UN Secretary-General, as well as the permanent members of the Security Council, and foreign governments.

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According to a PIO announcement late on Friday, the President made these statements replying to questions from the press during an event at ‘Dasaki Tis Achnas’  in the Famagusta district, when he was asked if he has sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, regarding the Cyprus problem.

Anastasiades also said that, during his meeting with the Secretary General on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, he will have the opportunity both in person and in writing to outline the views of the Greek Cypriot side.

“In my letters to Heads of State and Governments in Europe, to the Islamic Conference, the Permanent Members of the Security Council and the Secretary-General, I have already reiterated the determination of the Greek Cypriot side to return to the negotiating table as long as there is good preparation and within the context defined by the Secretary-General’s positions,” Anastasiades said.

The latest round of UN-peace talks ended inconclusively on July 7 and all parties involved are in a period of recollection. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reuniting Cyprus under a federal roof. The UN has indicated that it expects the two sides in Cyprus (Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot)  to make the first move with regard to the future of the peace process.

The President was also asked when he will announce his candidacy for the forthcoming presidential elections.

“After a lot of thought and reviewing the country’s course so far, my decision will be announced on October 14,” he said.

The presidential elections are set to be held on  January 28 and on February 4, 2018.

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