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Holgin's first tour of the capitals of the three guarantor powers starts from Athens. As far as Greece is concerned, she will hold meetings at the highest level (prime minister, foreign minister), while it has not yet been clarified who her interlocutors will be in Ankara, where she will go immediately afterwards. The talks that the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General will have in Ankara are considered to be of pivotal importance for the course of developments.

Maria Angela Holguin Queillar is in Athens where in the morning she will have a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Gerapetritis. This will be followed by a meeting of the UN envoy with the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

In Nicosia he is waiting for the results of the contacts that Holgin will have in Athens, Ankara, London and Brussels. The deputy government representative stated that “it is important to create the conditions for negotiations, but we will all be judged not by our intentions but by our actions. We are also ready tomorrow morning to go to negotiations, based on the SA resolutions and the negotiating acquis of Crans Montana”.

During her stay in Cyprus, Holgin made sure to meet both the former President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades and the former leader of the Turkish Cypriots, Mustafa Akinci. The two protagonists of the talks until the wreck of the negotiations in Crans Montana. He wanted to record their own experiences and see how they got to the bottom of a deal without taking the final step to a deal.

In the occupied territories, Ersin Tatar made sure to show how much he relies on Turkey: “Behind us is our huge and only 60 kilometers away motherland, Turkey,” he told Holgin during their meeting. In publications in the occupied territories, it is characteristically noted that through Tatar's positions, the conclusion is drawn that “the boss is Ankara”.

The Greek Cypriot negotiator, Menelaos Menelaou, emphasized that in order to restart meaningful talks in Cyprus, they must for there to be tangible signs of political will from the Turkish side, that it is ready to discuss within the agreed solution framework.

Speaking at the Third of the RIK, he said that the statements of the Turkish side are not in harmony with the agreed framework and this shows that the problems have not been overcome. However, he indicated that despite any obstacles, the only way forward is the continuation of the effort and for this reason the UN Secretary General proceeded to appoint a personal envoy for the Cyprus issue. Menelaus Menelaus emphasized that the negotiations should be resumed where they had left off at Crans Montana. He indicated that this is a vital acquis, which includes the solution basis, the convergences, but also the framework set by the Secretary General. 

Source: www.philenews.com

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