The situation in the Cyprus Issue and the next steps were part of discussions the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has had with his Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide, at a meeting they held on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, where Eide has been conducting diplomatic engagements with international partners.
Eide, while attending the Conference, discussed the situation in Cyprus with, inter alia, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, and the UK`s Europe Minister, Sir Alan Duncan.
“There is strong interest in and support for the Cyprus negotiations,” the Office of the UN spokesperson in Cyprus has told CNA, replying to questions.
“SASG Eide has been conducting diplomatic engagements with international partners while attending the Munich Security Conference, where he also discussed the situation and next steps with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,” the Office added.
The Office of the UN spokesperson did not wish to comment on recent remarks by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci following a House decision to commemorate at school by way of reference the 1950 referendum which advocated union with Greece.
President Anastasiades has described as “wrong” in terms of timing and in terms of its objective the House decision which led the Turkish Cypriot leader to walk out of Thursday`s meeting with Anastasiades, in the context of the UN peace talks. Akinci demanded that the President takes steps to revoke the decision.
“At this time, we have nothing to add to the comments SASG Eide made on Thursday 16 February following his meetings with both leaders,” the Office told CNA.
Asked about any plans to arrange a meeting of the negotiators of the two sides, the Office said “no negotiators meeting has been scheduled for the coming week.”
At this point, the exact date of Eide`s return to the island is not yet decidedt, according to the Office of the UN spokesperson in Cyprus.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.
President Anastasiades and Akinci are engaged in UN-led talks with an aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.