Best chance for a mutually-agreed solution in Cyprus through the established UN parameters, Eide says

UN Secretary Generals Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide has said that he remains convinced that the best chance for a mutually-agreed solution in Cyprus is through the established United Nations parameters.

He also announced that he will be returning to the island next week, to continue his consultations.

Eide issued a written statement on Wednesday, following his wide-ranging consultations in Cyprus this week, saying that “Following the briefing to the United Nations Security Council last week, I have held consultations with the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akinci. While in New York, I also held detailed discussions with the Secretary-General, the top leadership of the United Nations, the guarantor powers and the broader diplomatic community.”

Eide underlines that during his meetings with the leaders in Cyprus this week, he shared the results of his trip to New York and listened to their reflections on the outcome at the Crans-Montana peace talks earlier this month. In addition, he said, he held discussions with other key stakeholders, including the diplomatic community in Nicosia and representatives of the European Union and the international financial institutions supporting the process.

At Crans-Montana, key elements required for a settlement emerged in a heightened and challenging environment. Assessing all aspects of the Conference on Cyprus will take time; both the challenges and opportunities it presented, as well as the contents of the diverse discussions held among the various participants. As per the recommendation of the Secretary-General, the two sides are in a period of reflection, Eide said.

He pointed out that he remains convinced that the best chance for a mutually-agreed solution in Cyprus is through the established United Nations parameters.

In the coming days, I will inform the Secretary-General of the reflections of both sides to date. I will return to Cyprus next week to continue these consultations, he said.

UN-peace talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana took place between June 28-July 6 but failed to reach any fruitful results.

The talks, under the auspices of the UN, aim at reuniting Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency