President Anastasiades to receive UN envoy on Cyprus

UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will be received here today by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, the first encounter between the two men after the Crans Montana peace talks on Cyprus in early July, which ended inconclusively.

Eide will also meet the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, later in the day.

In an interview with CNA, after the collapse of the week-long talks at the Swiss ski resort, Eide said that what prevented the solution, in the Crans Montana talks on Cyprus, was not what could have been the final outcome but the inability to get to that final outcome.

Eide, in his interview, referred to a collective failure which he maintains, includes everybody who was there. If something fails, everyone should think what should I have done to make it better, rather than running and say everybody else made the mistakes he explained.

On the thorny issue of abolishing the current system of guarantees, as this is stipulated in the 1960 treaties which established the Republic of Cyprus, Eide said that things were moving towards a major breakthrough on guarantees but we still had the outstanding issues on the troops. Between sunset clause review and perpetuity, we didn’t have yet the final agreement, he told CNA.

Eide said there were some very important and very constructive openings from the Greek Cypriot side …from Mr. Anastasiades, on the internal front, which were presented in context.

Replying to questions, he said that at the long dinner on July 6 which continued into the early hours of Friday morning everybody in the room understood that this wasn’t going anywhere. There was deterioration of trust The climate, the tone, the way people spoke about each other and to each other didn’t sound like people that were about to unify.

In his replies to CNA questions, Eide referred to a package deal and talked about six strategic issues which related to replacing the Treaty of Guarantees with an implementation mechanism, the future of the troops, rotating presidency, the future of one particular place � as he described it � , the property regime and the treatment of the equivalent or special treatment of the Turkish nationals.

If we had answered these questions, we could have been beyond the point of no return, he acknowledged.

Invited to comment on the interview given to CNA, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has told the Agency, that the reason which did not lead to a positive outcome at the recent Conference on Cyprus cannot be questioned by anybody.

The reason the Conference failed is Turkey’s insistence on the continuation of the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, on maintaining the right of intervention in Cyprus and on Ankara’s position for a permanent Turkish military presence on the island. These led the discussions in Crans Montana to a deadlock, he stressed.

Invited to comment on some of Eide’s positions, as these were expressed in the interview to CNA, the Spokesman noted that Eide has adopted the position expressed by Nicosia and Athens that there cannot be a solution in Cyprus which provides for guarantee and intervention rights to any other third country.

At the same time, he said, some of Eide’s remarks, in particular those referring to what happened at the dinner on July 6 and Turkey’s real intentions, confirm what the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has also pointed out in public statements.

And this is that unfortunately Mr Eide, on many occasions, believed that things happen which he wanted to happen and in this framework he downgraded substantive disagreements which emerged at the negotiating table, the Spokesman said.

Source: Cyprus News Agency