Lute most likely to visit Turkey after her trip to Cyprus

UN Secretary General’s envoy on Cyprus, Jane Holl Lute, will most likely visit Turkey for consultations with Ankara on the terms of reference concerning the Cyprus problem after her visit to Cyprus, during which she will hold meetings with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, CNA has learned.

Lute is expected to Cyprus at the end of this week. According to CNA information she will have during this weekend (December 15-16) a meeting with the UNSG’s Deputy Special Adviser on Cyprus and Special Representative in the island Elizabeth Spehar and the UN team that is dealing with the Cyprus problem, with a view to be briefed about developments since her last visit here at the end of October this year.

A source has told the Agency that Lute will stay on the island for a number of days while asked if Lute is planning to ask for a joint meeting with the two leaders it noted that this is not on the cards at least for the time being.

President Anastasiades who leaves on Tuesday for Strasbourg where he will address on Wednesday the European Parliament plenary will return to Cyrprus in the early hours of Saturday, December 15, from Brussels where he will attend, on December 13 and 14, the European Council meeting.

Lute who is currently holding meetings with parties involved in efforts for a Cyprus settlement with a view to clinch an agreement on the terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumption of the Cyprus talks, met last week in Brussels with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and will meet with Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs George Katrougkalos on December 12, in New York.

Another source told the Agency that Lute may, later on, need to come back to Cyprus, to continue her consultations with the parties before reaching an outcome on the terms of reference.

Meanwhile, CNA has learned that Spehar had a telephone conversation on Monday with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to whom she conveyed her condolences for the loss of people who died in the floods in the Turkish occupied part of the island. Moreover she wished him a speedy recovery after an operation he underwent on Saturday.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency