UNSG's Special Adviser to attend Guterres' meetings with Turkish and Greek FMs

UNSG's Special Adviser to attend Guterres' meetings with Turkish and Greek FMs

UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will not visit Ankara after his visit on Wednesday to Athens but instead he will fly to New York in order to attend the separate meetings which the UN Secretary General António Guterres will have with the Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Greece Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Nikos Kotzias, on January 5 and 6 respectively, CNA has learned.

According to a UN source, Eide is having productive meetings on Wednesday in Athens to prepare the Cyprus Conference that will take place in Geneva next week. The same source noted that Eide will fly tonight from Athens to New York in order to be present at the meetings which Guterres will have with the two Foreign Ministers.

Asked if Eide will visit Ankara before flying to Geneva, the UN source said that if there is a reason for him to visit Ankara he will do so, adding however that for the time being he is scheduled to fly from New York to Geneva.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Following two rounds of talks in Mont-Pelerin, Switzerland in November 2016, during which they were not able to achieve the necessary further convergences on criteria for territorial adjustment that would have paved the way for the last phase of the talks, the two leaders decided on December 1st that they will meet in Geneva on the 9-11 of January 2017, on the 11th of January they will present their respective maps and that from the 12th of January, a Conference on Cyprus will be convened with the added participation of the guarantor powers, while other relevant parties shall be invited as needed.


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