President Anastasiades to meet with UNSG’s Special Adviser on Cyprus

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will receive on Friday morning the UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide who arrived on island on Thursday and had a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, in the framework of preparations for the Conference on Cyprus which will reconvene in Geneva on June 28.

In statements after his meeting with Akinci, which lasted about three hours, Eide said that the real ingredients needed from all involved, the two sides and the guarantors and everybody else involved is vision, determination, will and leadership, adding that determination and will have to include a willingness to think outside the box and fresh thinking, to be honest to each other on what is really needed.

Eide noted that he has been in almost constant contact with all participants, in addition to the two sides, Turkey, Greece, UK and the EU as an observer, adding that there is serious determination to make this as successful as possible.

He said that the Conference “will go on for the time it takes, we are planning for a few weeks but that of course depends on developments. It has to be well prepared. Our work now goes along more practical and logistical route on the actual convening and the details which are also very important in order to get it right but also on the substance.”

He said that all issues will be on the table, all issues will be discussed interdependently, but there is one chapter which requires particular emphasis now, because of two reasons. “One is that it has been less discussed than the other chapters and the other one is that it pertains to all the participants and thats why we need to also come well prepared there,” he explained.

Referring to the common document that will guide the discussions on security and guarantees, Eide said “it will be based on the inputs that we already got at the last Mont Pelerin meeting from all sides on security and guarantees but it will also be based on the inputs we are getting now including right now in this meeting and tomorrow (today) with Mr. Anastasiades and in my conversations I have been having with the guarantor countries and also with EU.”

“It will be a completion of positions that they have, ideas that they have, which we will try to structure and make into something that can be the bases for discussions. But it is not a UN proposal,” he underlined.

He went on to say that “you will not find the settlement to the Cyprus problem in that document, because we are not going to do the negotiations before the negotiations start.”

Eide noted that there are no easy solutions and that “this is going to be very difficult. The country has been divided for generations and there is a reason why but I also think that it is doable,” he noted.

The UN announced last Friday, in New York, that the Conference on Cyprus will reconvene in Geneva on June 28 at the political level, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. The Conference will take place with the participation of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, as well as Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.

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