UNSG’s Special Adviser remains in post, UN spokesperson in Cyprus tells CNA

The UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide remains in post and is focusing on preparing his briefing to the UN Security Council, UN spokesperson in Cyprus Aleem Siddique has told CNA.

He was invited to comment on a statement Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci made on Friday, that Eide will probably leave his post and that a new adviser will be appointed.

Asked if Eide has expressed his intention to leave his post after he briefs the Security Council, Siddique said: No, he remains in post.

Eide and the UNSG’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar will brief the Security Council on the latest developments in the negotiations on the Cyprus problem on July 19, ahead of the adoption of a resolution for the renewal of the UNFICYP mandate, scheduled for July 24.

UN-backed talks, which took place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, June 8-July 7, ended inconclusively. The peace talks aim at reuniting Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency