Eide looks for funding of Cyprus settlement at UN

UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide has been canvassing various countries and international organisations in New York on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly on the funding for a settlement, including the International Monetary Fund. He said there was “strong international support”.

Members of the international community are examining options for raising money to fund a Cyprus settlement, he tweeted on Sunday.

The Greek Cypriot side says it wants the funding issue sorted before a settlement, with the money going towards setting up a federal government and also for compensation as part of resolving the property issue.

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci said on Friday in New York that he had also discussed funding. “[Property] remedies will include mainly compensation, therefore we need to focus on financing a settlement,” he said.

Eide also tweeted on Sunday that he had “constructive conversations” in New York with all three foreign ministers of the guarantor powers; Greece, Turkey and Britain. Both sides disagree on the issue of guarantees with the Greek Cypriot side wanting them to be scrapped.

“UNSG Ban Ki-moon & I also met PMs @tsipras_eu and @A_Davutoglu_eng, urging both to do their best to facilitate a settlement in #Cyprus,” Eide tweeted.

Cyprus Mail

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