Greek FM holds fresh phone conversation with UNSG Envoy Eide

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias held on Friday a fresh phone conversation with UNSG Special Envoy for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide.

According to a press release issued by the Greek FM, they discussed Eides visit to Athens, possible dates for the Cyprus Conference to take place in Geneva and on the document the Envoy will prepare, ahead of the Conference.

The UN announced on Monday, June 5, following a dinner which Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had with the SG Antonio 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-backed talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency