Both sides are ready to move into a final phase, but there are still some issues outstanding UN SGs Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide has said, adding that he will continue to this shuttling diplomacy intensively.
In statements after a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and having earlier met with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Eide said that today I am shuttling between the two leaders; I will continue that shuttling, and he added this is something they asked me to do in yesterdays meeting.
As you will remember, he continued, the meeting yesterday on the 17th of May was the last agreed meeting so far between the two leaders and they agreed that the purpose of this meeting was to make an assessment as to where we are which they did but also to agree on the coming steps including whether we are ready for a reconvening of the conference.
Eide also recalled that the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Guterres yesterday confirmed that the UN is ready to convene a new conference but only at the moment when the leaders jointly see it as appropriate and when there is a reasonable hope of success for such a conference.
Both sides as I understand them are ready to move into a final phase but there are still some outstanding issues that have to be settled, he said, adding that they are not settled right now.
He reiterated that I will continue this shuttling.
I hope of course to have a conclusion as soon as possible but I cannot say when we are concluding, he pointed out.
It might even go into next week, the UN official said promising that I will work as intensively as I can with them and when there is something more to share you will hear it.
We are working in a good spirit and with a genuine intent to find a common platform, he concluded.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
Source: Cyprus News Agency