|Author (Person)||Kyris, George|
|Series Title||The Conversation|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
It was announced on the 26 October 2016 that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, had decided to continue the Cyprus talks in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland from 7-11 November 2016. This intensive week of negotiations would be conducted under the auspices of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Mr. Espen Barth Eide.
The meeting would concentrate on the chapter of territory as well as all other outstanding issues interdependently. The leaders expressed their hope that their meeting in Switzerland would pave the way for the last phase of the talks in line with their shared commitment to do their utmost in order to reach a settlement within 2016.
On the 11 November 2016 it was announced there would be a short break and a reconvening in Switzerland on the 20 November 2016 for a further two days of negotiations.
Some commentators expressed optimism, but others expressed caution based on past experience.
On the 21 November 2016 in a Statement from the UN Spokesperson in Cyprus it was said that despite the best efforts of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot negotiators, they have not been able to achieve the necessary further convergences on criteria for territorial adjustment that would have paved the way for the last phase of the talks.
In a further statement issued on the 1 December 2016, the UN Spokesperson in Cyprus said that the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders had met together on that day to assess the state of play of the negotiations and exchange views on the way forward. The leaders decided to immediately re-engage in their negotiations and had instructed their negotiators to continue meeting in order to achieve further progress on all outstanding issues interdependently. The leaders would also meet as required. In line with their joint resolve to reach a comprehensive settlement as soon as possible, they further decided that they would meet in Geneva on the 9 January 2017. On the 11 January 2017, they would present their respective maps. From the 12 January 2017, a Conference on Cyprus would be convened with the added participation of the guarantor powers.
|Countries / Regions||Cyprus, Turkey|