GCC Press Review 22 July 2019

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Seeking timeframe in UN Security Council and occupied areas

The US raised the issue of a deadline in a new procedure before the Security Council. Christodoulides and Prodromou announced meeting of the two leaders for the beginning of August. Ozersay is asking for a timeframe in a new process, while the same demand was put forth by the Turkish vice president.

  • Greece: Not a word on the Cyprob
  • AKEL to Anastasiades: (Five-party) Conference to avert (talks outside the UN)
  • Ozersay: It was the GCs’ fault in 2014 on Varosi
  • (Energy Minister Giorgos) Lakkotrypis: New slogan on a quadrilateral


They will discuss everything at the tete-a-tete

The meeting of the two leaders during the first 15 days of August will set the tone on what’s to come. Ankara in threat mode.

  • Toward exploitation of ‘Aphrodite’ – Licenses are being issued.
  • Final farewell to Alexis Galanos – He will be buried at the Engomi cemetery.
  • Sudden raids for the recovery of TC properties
  • An honoured but also persecuted injured war veteran


All possibilities are open at the leaders’ tete-a-tete

The meeting of the two leaders will take place before August 15. With or without Lute’s presence, the agenda is open. Mr Anastasiades wishes a free discussion aimed at relaunch of the talks. Mr Akinci necessarily wants Anastasiades’ positions on political equality clarified.

  • ‘Thorny issue’ in the UNFICYP plan
  • Consultations with Noble-Delek consortium on the development and production plan of ‘Aphrodite


Come, let us talk freely

President Anastasiades’ message to Akinci on their upcoming meeting. He seeks to discuss all Cyprob issues and set aside stalling and diversion tactics.

  • The licenses to Total-ENI and ‘Aphrodite’ are on their way – The vetting has been completed and are on their way to cabinet for approval. Giorgos Lakkotrypis: This is the first time license will be issued for the exploitation of gas reserves in the Cypriot EEZ.
  • We are trying to change negative references – UNFICYP resolution.
  • Andria Constantinou: Buying jewellery in the occupied areas is a risk

Main News

Leaders to meet in August

Alithia, Haravgi, Phileleftheros, Politis
Negotiations Process


The two leaders are expected to meet before the middle of August with Anastasiades wishing to freely discuss all Cyprus problem-related issues, according to the papers.

Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Sunday that Anastasiades and Akinci are scheduled to meet before the middle of August, and will make an effort to restart the talks.

He said Anastasiades’ wish is to discuss freely and go over all the subjects in order to reach the resumption of the talks. He noted that this has to take place within an appropriate climate, without Turkey’s provocations or illegal interventions. Prodromou said it was not clear yet whether UN Secretary-General’s special envoy Jane Holl Lute would be present at the meeting of the two leaders.

“We hope that the meeting will revolve around the real issues of the Cyprus problem without any effort to include other issues that might be a factor of obstruction or distraction,” he said.
He also said that that talks cannot restart as long as the other side continues to provoke, to violate rights and to cause tension.

Invited to comment on a statement by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay that the talks will not restart from the point they left off in Crans-Montana, Prodromou said that the GC side’s intention is to begin the talks from the point they left off in order to utilize the progress that has been made rather than beginning from scratch, but also to avoid any attempts to divert the procedure from the UN framework

Anastasiades would like to freely discuss with Akinci all the real Cyprob issues in order to resume talks & avoid other issues that might obstruct or distract from that goal.
>> The talks cannot restart while Turkey continues to provoke, violate rights and cause tension.
>> The GC side would like talks to restart from point they left off in Crans-Montana, to take advantage of progress achieved but also avoid any attempts for procedure to be derailed from UN framework

Nicosia wants changes in UNFICYP mandate resolution

Alithia, Haravgi, Phileleftheros, Politis
External Security, CBMs, Negotiations Process


Nicosia is in a race to see improvements in the wording of the UN Security Council’s resolution on the renewal of the UNFICYP mandate due to a thorny issue, the papers report.

According to the papers that cite the correspondent of the Cyprus News Agency in the US, Apostolos Zoupaniotis, the resolution, which is expected to be adopted on Wednesday if all goes well, calls for the creation of mechanisms aimed at more systematic information exchange between the two communities to avoid tensions and negative incidents. This was on the suggestion of Guterres which however, Nicosia sees as a thorny issue.

A diplomatic source said that the wording of the resolution is aimed at reinforcing the mandate of the UN Secretary-General and Lute’s mission to achieve an agreement on the terms of reference.

The dailies recalled that the UN Secretary-General, referring in his recent report on the positions of the two sides on military mechanisms, said that while the TC side expressed its willingness to consider new strengthened mechanisms, the GC side was wary of any new arrangements which could be considered to provide recognised status to the other community, arguing instead that these issues need to be addressed through the existing technical committees.

Politis also reported that the US has insisted more intensively than other times on the urgency of the restart of the talks and hinted that perhaps deadlines should be put in place on the next round of talks.

A similar precondition was also set by the Turkish vice president during statements on Saturday in the occupied areas, the daily reported.

Phileleftheros reported that the government has already expressed its positions through contacts of the Republic’s Permanent Representative at the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis with UN Security Council members.

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