Intensive negotiations on the basic elements of a Cyprus settlement will start at the Swiss Alpine resort of Crans-Montana on Monday morning, where the parties will try to bridge quite opposite views on security and guarantees.
Ankara would like to see a continuation of guarantees and some Turkish troops remaining in the island, whereas the Greek Cypriots and Greece will push for quite the opposite.
Other sticking points that need to be resolved are Turkey’s request for the equal treatment of its nationals with Greeks living in Cyprus, as well as “internal differences”, such as the rotating presidency of federal state, territorial adjustments, and property arrangements.
The leaders of the two Cyprus communities, high level delegations of the guarantor powers (Turkey, Greece and Britain), as well as European Union representatives will discuss security and guarantees on the basis of written proposals.
The participants have been instructed to table their proposals just before the Conference on Cyprus reconvenes on Monday.
The “real” negotiations follow four days of discussions, where the delegations discussed procedural matters and ways of starting the negotiations.
They were close to reaching an impasse, when the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, assumed the lead and managed to put the Conference and the participants in the right direction.