There is now a new political situation in Cyprus, which has
been divided for more than thirty years: President Christofias and
Mr Talat, the leaders of the two Cypriot communities, demonstrate
a strong commitment towards reaching a settlement.
The resumption of inter-communal talks has already produced
encouraging results beneficial for all Cypriots. The political process
has now entered into a new stage with the opening of fully-fledged
negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General.
The rapporteur believes that the ongoing negotiations offer
the best opportunity in many years to end the division of the island.
This opportunity must not be wasted.
In order to maximise the chances of success, the report calls
upon the two sides to confirm their readiness to reach compromises
by adopting additional confidence - building measures. The political
forces and civil society in the two communities are encouraged to
provide full support to the process and to refrain from any action
that could undermine it.
All external actors involved, including the three guarantor
states – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – are invited to
intensify efforts to support the negotiations and to create trust
and confidence between the two Cypriot communities.
Finally, the Council of Europe’s expertise and experience
in the areas of its core activities should be fully used, on the
one hand, in the negotiation process and, on the other hand, in
order to facilitate practical co-operation between the two communities,
thus contributing to creating an atmosphere of mutual trust.