Eide continues preparations for Geneva Conference on Cyprus, UN source tells CNA

The UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide continues to work on preparations for the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva and is currently in contact with the Conference participants, a UN source in Cyprus has told CNA, adding that the actual day of Eides return to the island will be decided in due course.

The UN source said that Eide is in contact with the Foreign Ministers of the three guarantor countries – UK, Greece and Turkey – with the EU, with a number of UN officials at the UN headquarters in New York, including the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and with the two sides in Cyprus.

It also noted that the UN team in Cyprus is working hard for the preparation of the Conference, in cooperation with the UN Office at Geneva and the Swiss authorities.

The UN announced on Monday, following a dinner which Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had with Guterres, that “the leaders and the Secretary-General agreed on the need to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus in June in line with the 12 January statement of the Conference.”

Guterres said in a statement he read out to the press after the dinner, that all agreed that the chapter on security and guarantees is of vital importance to the two communities and that “progress in this chapter is an essential element in reaching an overall agreement and in building trust between the two communities in relation to their future security.”

He also noted that Eide will engage with all participants in the preparation of a common document to guide the discussions on security and guarantees, based on the outcome of the meetings of the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva and Mont Pelerin.

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