UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide arrives in Cyprus today. During his two day visit, he will have meetings aiming at the resumption of UN-backed talks on Cyprus, divided since 1974.
A press statement issued by the Secretary General’s Good Offices Mission in Cyprus says that Eide’s schedule “will include meetings with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders”, Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu, “and their respective negotiating teams, as well as a range of other interlocutors.”
Eide has said that he “looks forward to this upcoming visit as a chance to continue his dialogue with the leaders on the resumption of structured negotiations.”
“As part of his outreach to other actors who have a crucial role to play in efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement, Mr. Eide will also host an event for women civil society representatives and media from both communities,” the press statement added.
The negotiations were halted in October last year when President Anastasiades abandoned the talks following Turkey’s issuing of a NAVTEX (Notice to Mariners) that its seismic survey vessel ‘Hayreddin Barbaros Pasa’ would be operating in South Cyprus’ exclusive EEZ.
South Cyprus branded this move as a provocation and demanded the NAVTEX be cancelled before it returned to the negotiating table. Turkey responded by extending the NAVTEX until 6th April 2015, saying that the South should cease its own explorations for gas in the EEZ until a settlement between the two sides had been reached [Editor’s note].
Source Cyprus Today