The two community leaders are scheduled to meet on Tuesday amid reports that a new Geneva conference was on the horizon before July, when drilling for hydrocarbons is set to begin in South Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Turkey is reported to be pressing for a new conference in order that the South postpone its drilling plans. Hard-liners in the South have urged the government not to allow its energy plans to be scuttled.
On Friday, UN Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide claimed that the talks were going much better than it would seem to the public, even though President Nicos Anastasiades said after his last meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on April 20, that it was not possible to talk of confidence building measures while Turkey was putting up obstacles and challenges.
According to CNA, at Tuesday’s meeting, the leaders are expected to discuss the effective participation of both communities in government, governance, and issues relating to the EU. “On Tuesday we hope that we will have a better idea where the negotiations are going,” sources told CNA. The leaders are also scheduled to have meetings on May 11 and 17.
Eide, who is currently abroad, is expected to return to Cyprus on Monday.