The UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide remains in close touch with both leaders in Cyprus, UN spokesperson in Cyprus Aleem Siddique has told CNA, adding that Eide will return to the island to continue his contacts early next week.
CNA has learned that Eide, who left the island after the separate meetings he had on Thursday with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, will most likely return to Cyprus on Tuesday.
Eide said on Thursday that after the leaders` meeting on Wednesday, which ended without a conclusion, Anastasiades and Akinci asked him to shuttle between them, to try to develop a concept of what to do next. Furthermore he noted that the United Nations are ready for a new Conference on Cyprus in Geneva, if the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus want it and are ready for that.
He also said that both sides are ready to move into a final phase, but there are still some outstanding issues, adding that he will continue to this shuttling diplomacy intensively.
Siddique told CNA that “the Special Adviser remains in close touch with both leaders and he will return to continue his contacts early next week” adding that Eide is working hard to prepare for his meetings with the leaders next week.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.