UN Secretary General’s Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq noted on Monday that the UNSGs Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide told reporters on Saturday in Nicosia that it was very clear to him that both leaders in Cyprus are committed to making the process work.
Speaking during the regular press briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York, Haq made reference to the Cyprus peace process, saying that Eide had a meeting last Saturday, “with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Mustafa Akinci in Nicosia, following a meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, the previous Friday.”
Speaking to reporters following his meeting with Akinci, Haq further noted, the Special Adviser said it was very clear to him that both leaders are committed to making the process work. Eide also said that the coming weeks would be decisive for the fate of the process, and that this is a time of strategic leadership, Haq added.
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 an aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.
Akinci walked out of a meeting in mid February, in the framework of the UN-led negotiations on the Cyprus problem. Anastasiades and Akinci had elaborated earlier on in that meeting their positions on an amendment passed by the Cypriot Parliament which includes a once a year reference no more than ten minutes at school to the 1950 referendum held in Cyprus, advocating enosis (union with Greece).
President Anastasiades has described the House amendment “wrong” and called on Akinci to return to the negotiating table. Akinci demands that the amendment is revoked before returning to the negotiating table.
Source: Cyprus News Agency