PM briefing opposition party leaders on Cyprus issue talks process

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras began successive meetings with opposition party leaders on Monday to discuss developments on the Cyprus issue, even as Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci began a three-day process of talks in Geneva on Monday. The talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides will culminate with a multilateral meeting that also involves Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom on January 12.

The prime minister will present Greece's positions calling for the abolition of guarantees and demanding security for both communities, government sources said. Regarding the multilateral meeting, the sources said that Tsipras will participate if there is a chance of achieving an agreement on the Cyprus problem. Greece and Cyprus have a common line, the sources added, with Tsipras and Anastasiades in constant communication over the past days, while they have displayed a strong willingness to achieve an agreement.

Greece and Cyprus now expect Turkey to display a similar strong willingness, the sources said.

They clarified that no phone communication between Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been arranged at this time and noted that all sides have agreed that the talks should be "open-ended". This means that in the case of failure, the international practice for salvaging talks will be followed, with the talks interrupted, a round of consultations on a lower level and then a resumption.

Greece also wants the European Union and UN Security Council to participate in the multilateral meeting, with the same sources saying that at some point in the process when an agreement in ensured the EU and the 15 members of the Security Council will play a role, because the processes demand this.

Οn Tuesday Tsipras will meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to discuss the Cyprus issue. The meeting will take place at 13.00, at the Presidential mansion.

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