UNSG’s Special Adviser continues to work on common document, returns to Cyprus on Thursday, UN spokesperson tells CNA

The UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide continues to work on the document that will guide the discussions on security and guarantees and will return on Thursday to Cyprus for meetings with both sides, UN spokesperson in Cyprus Aleem Siddique has told CNA.

Siddique noted that “the common document is still work in progress,” adding that “it is important that no one pre-empts the Special Advisers meticulous work on this document that will help guide discussions on security and guarantees.” Furthermore he assured that the document will be ready in time for the Conference on Cyprus.

“The Secretary-Generals Special Adviser Mr. Espen Barth Eide is scheduled to return to Cyprus on Thursday for meetings with both sides. In the meantime he remains in constant contact with New York, Brussels and the guarantor powers (Greece, Turkey and the UK) focusing on the issue of security and guarantees and preparations for the Conference on Cyprus,” Siddique said.

The UN announced on 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