Negotiators to meet tomorrow as UN-facilitated peace talks continue

The negotiators of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, will meet again tomorrow in the context of the ongoing UN-facilitated peace talks.

According to reliable sources, yesterdays meeting between the two, attended also by the UN Secretary Generals Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, was good and productive.

These meetings take place to prepare next weeks meeting between the leaders of the islands two communities, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Eide is expected to attend Thursdays meeting. He will also have a meeting with the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the same sources have told CNA.

In the last meeting President Anastasiades had with Akinci, on April 20, he raised the issue of the continuous Turkish provocations in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone.

The President referred to the navigational warning (NAVTEX) issued by Turkey the day before to reserve an area within the territorial sea, continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of Cyprus off the coast of Famagusta, on the east for the conduct of seismic surveys, between 21 April and 30 June 2017, by the survey vessel BARBAROS HAYREDDIN PASA and support vessel BRAVO SUPPORTER.

This, he pointed out, does not benefit nor is it conducive to the climate that needs to be nurtured.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed talks aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency