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National Council meets for two-day Cyprus problem review (PICTURES)

The National Council convened on Monday for a two-day session aimed at reviewing the latest developments on the Cyprus problem and to investigate future strategy.

It is expected that party heads will on Monday submit their views regarding the Cyprus problem up to the collapsed Conference on Cyprus in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana earlier this month.

The meeting is seen as a continuation of the National Council session held last week while the question lies in whether any of the parties will submit proposals for a strategy change in pursuing a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Tuesday’s session will be equally important as it will be attended by Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias who played a leading role in the negotiations in Crans-Montana.

Kotzias’ presence is an opportunity to explain as to what transpired during the final dinner on July 6 between the delegates and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Crans-Montana before the collapse of the talks was announced by Guterres himself.

On Sunday, President Nicos Anastasiades sent the message that the relationship between Greece and in particular with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Kotzias were exemplary.

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“Mr Kotzias was the most positive of the participants in the conference,” said Anastasiades.

He said that the Greek Minister had promoted his positions and supported those put forward by Cyprus without provocation and without putting Greece in a compromising position.

“This is the first and most important aspect which should be considered,” said Anastasiades.

“From the first until the last day we worked together, always within the parameters set by the UNSG to work for progress and possibly convergence to allow the Prime Ministers to take part in the Conference on Cyprus in order to close the issue of troops,” said Anastasiades.

It has been ascertained both locally and amongst the international community that Turkey will not make any moves regarding the Cyprus problem before the end of September giving both Greece and Cyprus a chance to review the course of proceedings and to plan future strategy.

UN Special Envoy on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide is set to address the UN Security Council on Tuesday regarding the latest developments.

In the meantime, both Cyprus and Greece have not concealed their concerns about the possible negative effects of how the Norwegian will present the present state of affairs.

Photographs by Stefanos Kouratzis

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