Eide to hold final meetings in Nicosia as UN Special Envoy

Espen Barth Eide will hold final meetings as UN Special Envoy in Nicosia on Thursday, as he plans to be a candidate in Autumn elections in his native Norway.

The UN Special Envoy is scheduled to hold tomorrow morning separate meetings with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci as well as with other participants in the talks.

Mr Eide will also give a farewell reception at the Ledra Palace hotel in the buffer zone of Nicosia, on Thursday night.

Both Anastasiades and Akinci, as well as other politicians, members of the diplomatic community, the civil society and business people have been invited to the farewell reception.

As UN special envoy leaves his post, he is preparing two reports on the three years of his involvement in the process trying to find a solution to the Cyprus issue.

As an epilogue to his short-term mandate as UN Special Envoy, Eide, will submit two reports to the UN Secretariat. The first will relate to good services and will be made public. The second will be internal and will refer to the operation of the UN team on the Cyprus issue as well as to confidential information and data.

It is worth noting that both Cyprus President  Nikos Anastasiades and Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias had accused  Espen Barth Eide of attempting to undermine the talks on the Cyprus problem by trying to create a rift in the common strategy adopted by Athens and Nicosia.

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