The United Nations are ready for a new conference in Geneva on the Cyprus issue, if the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus want it and are ready for that, the UNSG’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Bath Eiden has stated.
Speaking after a meeting he had on Thursday with Cyprus Presdient Nicos Anastasiades, Eide said that the Secretary General Antonio Guterres over the weekend met with both Prime Minister Tsipras and President Erdogan and he raised the issue of a potential new conference with them on the Cyprus issue. He noted, however, that the UN will only call for a conference when the leaders want it and when they think it is useful.
We had a long meeting yesterday with some ideas and some openings but the meeting ended without a conclusion and the two leaders simply asked me to subtle between them, to try to develop a concept of what to do next, he said.
Eide said that he had a good conversation with President Anastasiades and he will have a similar conversation with Mr Akinci and if there is anything to say that has to come after his meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader.
Replying to a question regarding the proposals for a new meeting in Geneva, Eide said that if the leaders want, if the leaders feel ready and if they think that it will be constructive to have a new Geneva, the UN is ready for that. The Secretary General said that yesterday and he also said that in his meeting with President Erdogan and Prime Minister Tsipras. This is our view, he added.
Eide pointed out that the process is and remains leader led, it cannot be anything but leader led. So, the leaders have to agree if they want to go to Geneva on the modalities of the potential Geneva and that is the question we have now, he said.
Asked when there will be a decision for a new Conference, Eide said he does not now, clarifying that there is no artificial timelines.
Source: Cyprus News Agency