Eide and Spehar to brief UN Security Council on Cyprus talks

UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide and UN SG’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar are set to brief the Security Council on recent developments in the Cyprus peace talks at 2200 Cyprus time (1900 GMT).

Immediately afterwards it is expected that the British draft of the resolution for the renewal of the UNFICYP mandate will circulate.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is said to have conveyed, in a short reference he made yesterday at a monthly luncheon with the representatives of the Security Council, the sense that no blame will be apportioned for the collapse of the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana. Guterres is also said to have expressed his wish for a short break in the Cyprus peace effort to help reduce any tension and allow time for reflection for all interested parties.

Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis who is visiting New York had a series of meetings with UN Secretariat officials and Security Council permanent members while UN sources also say that today he will have a meeting with Espen Barth Eide.

Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami is also in New York to hold meetings of a similar nature.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern part. UN-backed talks that took place on June 28-July 7, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively. Peace talks aim to reunite Cyprus under a federal roof.

UNFICYP is one of the longest-running UN Peacekeeping missions. The Security Council established UNFICYP through resolution 186 (1964) on 4 March 1964 and has renewed the Mission’s mandate for six-month terms since then.

Source: Cyprus News Agency