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Diplomacy in full swing ahead of Geneva II

Monday sees the start of intense diplomatic activity in light of the upcoming Conference on Cyprus II at the Grans Montana resort in Switzerland on June 28.

A definitive indication of whether possible progress can be expected at the conference is Monday’s meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim where the latter is expected to express Turkey’s position on the issue of security and guarantees.

The two issues are considered the key to the success or not of the conference.

A draft of the joint paper on security and guarantees being prepared by the UN Special Envoy to Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, is expected to be given to the two leaders, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci by Wednesday for comments.

Eide is expected to meet Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias in Brussels on Tuesday where the two men are expected to discuss the process as well as the Conference’s essential principles.

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides is also expected to discuss the conference with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Luxembourg on Monday.

Anastasiades and Tsipras are scheduled to meet on Thursday in Brussels on the side-lines of the European Council to discuss the latest developments and to agree on the handling of the conference.

Anastasiades is also schedule to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels while on Tuesday he will also meet with the President of the European Commission Donald Tusk.

Anastasiades has called for a National Council meeting on Monday to inform its members of the latest developments with regards to the Cyprus problem and is expected to invite the heads of the parliamentary parties to accompany him to the conference.

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