UN envoy Espen Barth Eide held separate meetings today with President Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, continuing his shuttle diplomacy to get agreement on a new Cyprus conference in Geneva.
Eide first met with the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades today at 10 am, before being received by President Mustafa Akıncı at 11:30 am.
Speaking to reporters after yesterday’s meeting with President Akıncı, the UN Special Advisor said he wanted a deal on Geneva before the week is out.
“It is both possible and also my ambition to get an agreement on this issue at the end of this week,” Eide said.
He however added that there were still outstanding issues that needed to be solved, particularly on the modalities and the way the conference will be organised.
“There is scope to find an agreement on this and there is still a way to go,” he added.
Eide said that the general understanding with both leaders was that there could not be much achieved in talks without holding a conference in Geneva.
“At some point we need to address those issues which can only be addressed in the presence of the guarantors and the EU as an observer. They are at a point where they want to make that decision but they are not ready to make it because there are issues which are outstanding,” he said.
Eide who returned to Cyprus on Tuesday embarked on his contacts yesterday by meeting separately with both leaders.