Greek Cypriot negotiator at the Cyprus talks Andreas Mavroyiannis said on Thursday that by the end of the year we will have a better picture as to the prospect of a Cyprus solution.
Mavroyiannis stressed that the ongoing effort to solve the Cyprus problem aims to a difficult yet possible “reconciliation” of bizonality and bicommunalism with human rights, international law and the European acquis.
“The distance that separates the two sides on some issues is long”, Mavroyiannis said speaking on the developments in the Cyprus talks, during an event organised by Frederick University, under the title “The Cyprus problem in international and European law – Developments and prospects”.
He reiterated however that after Mustafa Akinci took over as the leader of the Turkish Cypriots, “we got rid of extreme approaches regarding two states” and “we now speak about a common vision of the two leaders for a federal solution that would reconcile the principles of international law, European acquis and human rights”.
The solution, said Mavroyiannis, must should be consistent with the internal, European and international law and stressed that a bizonal, bicommunal state should have a single international personality and a single citizenship.
On the property issue he said that the two sides have gone into deep discussion and noted that it is important that it has been agreed that the individual’s right to property is recognized and now the two sides examine ways and procedures for the exercise of this right.
However the Greek Cypriot negotiator noted that the false euphoria over the course of the negotiations complicates things, adding that “a lot of work needs to be done”.
Replying to a question he said that it cannot be said that a solution will be reached by the end of 2015, but in three months there will be a picture as regards the prospect to solve the Cyprus problem.