Eide gives up on shuttle diplomacy

UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide on Cyprus has said that he had stopped shuttle diplomacy between the two Cypriot community leaders, today.

Without a prospect for common ground, there is no basis for continuing this shuttle diplomacy,” he said in a brief announcement.

After a joint meeting with the two leaders and the ambassadors of the five Permanent Members of the Security Council on Friday, he will now inform the UN Secretary-General and ask for his advice on how to proceed, he said.

Eide, over the last nine days, said that he had been occupied in shuttle diplomacy between the two sides, at the request of both leaders.

As both leaders have publicly expressed their desire to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus and to finalise all outstanding issues in Geneva, our sole focus has been to agree the modalities by which this can be achieved,” he said.

Unfortunately, despite serious efforts to overcome their differences regarding the modalities for meeting in Geneva, the leaders were unable to find common ground.

Cyprus Weekly

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