Expectations low for Cypriot leaders’ Berlin meeting - Kathimerini

Expectations are low for progress toward resuming Cyprus reunification talks at an informal dinner between Cypriot leaders and the UN Secretary General in Berlin on Monday, Kathimerini Cyprus reported, citing sources in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia. 

It is unlikely that Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Mustafa Akıncı will reach an agreement on terms for restarting the negotiations, Marina Economides, a correspondent for the publication, reported from Berlin. 

Cyprus has been split between a Greek Cypriot administration in the south, recognised internationally as the government of the whole island, and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot government in the north recognised by Turkey, after a Turkish invasion of the northern third of Cyprus in 1974.  In April, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on both sides, guarantor powers Greece and Turkey and other interested parties to reinvigorate the peace talks, deadlocked since 2017.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, Nicosia is in favour of convening an informal five-party conference soon, possibly as early as December, which would include Greece and Turkey, Kathimerini Cyprus said.

“Depending on what we have in front of us, we hope that we can decide in Berlin on the next steps and how we proceed regarding the resumption of talks,” Cypriot government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told CNA. Akıncı said he was going to Berlin to seek a common road map and “to determine together where we are in the process and what path we are to follow from here”, according to Kathimerini Cyprus.