Discussions on Cyprus issue at UN headquarters

The Cyprus issue is on the agenda of many meetings at UN headquarters, in view of Tuesday’s briefing of the UN Security Council members by the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, and Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar.

The members of the Security Council will have the opportunity to hear from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres his evaluation of the negotiations on the Cyprus problem and exchange views on the next steps.

According to diplomatic sources, Eide, who is in New York, will meet with the Security Council members and the representatives of the three guarantor powers, namely the UK, Greece, and Turkey.

Spehar is also holding contacts. On Friday, she met with Cyprus’ Permanent Representative, Ambassador Cornelius Corneliou.

Greek Cypriot negotiator, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis, is also in New York, and has already begun meetings with Security Council members and the UN Secretariat, to brief them on the talks for a Cyprus settlement, and in view of deliberations for the resolution to renew the mandate of UNFICYP. The British draft resolution is expected to be presented in the coming hours.

On Wednesday, Mavroyiannis will be in Washington for meetings with US State Department officials, leading members of the Congress, and representatives from think tanks. He will also meet with the leadership of the overseas community, who will be in Washington for events to mark the anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. President of the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus, Philip Christopher, said a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been requested, among others.

Source: Cyprus News Agency