The UN Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide met separately with President Mustafa Akinci and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades in a bid to restart the Cyprus negotiations. A vote by the Greek Cypriot House of Representatives to commemorate the 1950 Enosis plebiscite in schools in the South brought the negotiations to a halt last month.
Speaking to reporters after a two hour meeting with President Akinci, Eide said that the meeting had focused on finding ways to bring the two sides back to the table.
Stating that he had also informed the President on his recent contacts in Washington, the UN Special Advisor said that the US remained committed to seeing a settlement on the island.
“The process is not over. We are continuing to work for the resumption of the talks”, he said.
Eide also said that he was confident the current impasse in the talks will be overcome because “there’s a will to overcome it”.
Pointing out that the current window of opportunity for a settlement could not remain open forever, the UN Special Advisor underlined the need for a change in the methodology.
He reminded that any settlement to be reached on the island will be reached between the two leaders and that the UN will not take on an arbitrary role.
Responding to questions, the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General ruled out a trilateral meeting in New York next week, that there was no such meeting planned in the US.
Also responding to a question as to whether or not he himself was preparing for elections in Norway, Eide said that such a thing was out of the question and that if this was the case he would not be at his job in Cyprus.