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    3 + 1 legal studies of the GC side in view of a five-party

    The legal team set up in the context of better preparation of the Greek Cypriot side for the Geneva talks in April has been working on four key issues for a long time. The three studies result from requirements or suggestions of other aspects of the five-party and the fourth study has to do with suggestions of the GC side. 

    According to our information, the legal team has been meeting for almost a month, under Andreas Mavrogiannis, and its first mission is to deal with suggestions and proposals that have been directly or indirectly presented or promoted by the Turkish side and by the British. More specifically, the legal team is elaborating the arguments of the Greek Cypriot side with which it will overthrow the Turkish view both for the two-state solution and for the sovereign equality.

    In the microscope of law are the ideas that informally promote London and especially the concept of “community states” (which can be translated into communities/states). The British position aims to bridge the gap between those aspects that have already been accepted by the Greek Cypriot side and the current demands of the Turks. The Greek Cypriot side has made a number of arguments in order to support its opposition to this idea of ​​the British.

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    The fourth study has to do with the positions of the Greek Cypriot side and the proposal for a “decentralized federation”. A proposal which, as is well known, had been put forward by President Anastasiadis in the past as well.

    During the last National Council, President Anastasiadis, while informing the political leadership about his conversation with Jane Hall Lute, also referred to British ideas. Nikos Anastasiadis pointed out to the envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations that the proposals of the United Kingdom do not help. And he brought as an example the idea of ​​”community states”. According to what was reported to the National Council, such reports refer to a community and to the abolition of the Republic of Cyprus. With the PTD warning Jane Hall Lute that such a thing will not be accepted by the Greek Cypriots.

    From what the political leaders have heard, the following emerges in relation to the British idea: a) It was put orally and informally, b) Their approach is to reconcile the ICC with some demands of the Turks.

    Regarding the preparation of the Greek Cypriot side, the studies and analyzes of the group of lawyers that are in the negotiating team will not be, as we are informed, an informal document. They will be more of a reference point for future use. Because everyone thinks that in Geneva the debate will not be of a procedural nature but will need to be included in the substance. That is why President Anastasiadis asked the political leadership to accompany him to Switzerland next month, noting that he believes that the discussion will include the essential issues.

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    The critical period is expected to be the period between 27 and 28 April where all consultations will take place. Attention is focused on bilateral meetings scheduled by the United Nations. Where the result is expected to be will be the evening of April 28 during a dinner given by the UN Secretary-General to the five parties. With the United Nations preparing, if appropriate, to resume its work on the following April 29th.

    The three scenarios for the next day 

    The Geneva meeting calls for the five-plus United Nations to leave the Palace of Nations with a joint statement, which will determine the subsequent course of the Cyprus issue.

    According to the data so far, about a month before the informal conference in Geneva, there are three scenarios in relation to the next day and what will follow in the Cyprus issue:

    First, to decide to resume negotiations from the point where they were suspended in Crans Montana to resolve the remaining outstanding issues, as described in the Guterres context. This is the main issue for the Greek Cypriot side, which, however, finds opposition from the Turks.

    Secondly, to decide on the resumption of negotiations with an updated Guterres framework that will bridge the current gap in the starting point of the discussions. This seems to be the issue of this meeting and it is about what the British are trying to do their own game.

    Thirdly, to lead the whole effort to shipwreck due to Turkey’s insistence on a two-state solution with sovereign equality and given that the Greek Cypriot side will not discuss such a thing.

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    AKEL submitted a resolution to the Parliament

    AKEL submitted a resolution on the Cyprus issue yesterday to the Plenary Session of the Parliament for its vote during today’s all-day session with the exclusive topic of the developments in view of a five-party meeting, AKEL. According to the draft resolution, the Parliament “taking into account the criticality of the conditions as they are formed in the Cyprus issue”, is called to vote that:

    Reaffirms its previous resolutions on the Cyprus issue.

    Stresses that the comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem must be based on the agreed framework of the bi-communal bi-communal federation with political equality, as defined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and provide for a state with a single sovereignty, an international personality and a nationality.

    Recalls that the solution must ensure the immediate withdrawal of all troops and settlers, the abolition of the anachronistic Guarantee Treaty and any invasive rights, the liberation and reunification of the state and the people, and guarantee the restoration and protection of human rights; fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots.
    Stresses that the informal Geneva meeting should be used to resume substantive negotiations as soon as possible.

    Reaffirms that the process must remain Cypriot ownership.

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    Stresses that the negotiation must take place on the basis of the agreed framework and the Declaration of the UN Secretary General at the meeting of November 25, 2019 in Berlin.

    It calls on Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership to abandon the unacceptable demand for a two-state solution and / or a confederation and to attend the informal meeting with a sincere will to reach a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the agreed framework.

    It is noted that today’s plenary session will start at 10:00 in the morning and will end at six in the afternoon. In his statements yesterday, the president of DIKO, Nikolas Papadopoulos, on the Cyprus issue, stated that there is inevitability of disagreement and division within the internal front “when we see the unanimous decisions of the National Council that determined and determine the framework for resolving the Cyprus issue violated.

    “Our concern is focused on the following: everything shows us that we are heading towards a two-state confederation solution”, he noted.

    Attack on the secretary-general of AKEL was unveiled by the President of Solidarity, Eleni Theocharous, stating that he considers Mr. Kyprianou’s attitude very strange and “it is good to finally clarify where he draws all this optimism since Turkey clearly shows its goals and will achieve them ».

    Environmentalists say the EU’s involvement in talks to find a solution to the Cyprus problem is very encouraging but must be substantial and effective.

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