Turkey has not determined a date yet for Lute’s visit to the country, government source in Nicosia tells CNA

Turkey has not yet determined a date on which the UN Secretary General’s envoy Jane Hall Lute can visit the country, in the framework of her mission on Cyprus, for discussions with the Turkish government, a government source in Nicosia has told CNA.

We know that she has not been received in Turkey. He has asked to visit the country but Ankara has not given a date for this visit yet, the source noted, adding that Lute did not have so far any other official contact with Nicosia since her last visit to Cyprus.

Lute visited the island on October 31 and had meetings with Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, and Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci during which she conveyed the position of the Secretary General that the two sides should determine and agree, the soonest possible, the terms of reference for the resumption of substantive negotiations in the near future. As part of her mission, Lute will also visit the three guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and the UK, to hold meetings with their governments.

President Anastasiades told the media earlier this week that Lute has said that they should agree on the terms of reference until the end of December and that then she will submit a report to the Secretary General, who will decide whether the preconditions for the resumption of the talks are met.

Meanwhile, the same source told CNA that there have been several incidents lately in the UN-controlled buffer zone in Cyprus caused due to provocations by the Turkish Cypriot side, sometimes with the involvement of Turkish soldiers.

According to the governmental source those causing these incidents aim to show that the peacekeeping force is Cyprus (UNFICYP) is not doing her job properly, in view of the fact that the renewal of its mandate will be discussed by the UN Security Council in January 2019.

According to another source, the UN are very annoyed with regard this situation in the buffer zone.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. 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