UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will brief on Monday the UN Security Council on developments in the UN-led efforts aiming at a settlement of the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.
According to information, this time Eide`s briefing will be “more objective”, and he will receive questions from several SC members. A UN source has confirmed that the UN SG`s Special Adviser met in Davos, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting, with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, without however giving further details.
Meanwhile Cyprus` Representation at the UN continues its contacts at the UN seat in view of the Security Council`s briefing by Eide, while Greek Cypriot negotiator at the UN-led Cyprus talks Andreas Mavroyiannis has concluded his contacts in New York with representatives of the SC permanent members as well as with representatives of most of the non-permanent members.
He also had meetings with high ranking officials of the UN Secretariat and with leading members of Cypriot organizations in the US.
According to sources, during his meetings, Mavroyiannis explained the reasons of the deadlock in the talks and noted the need for them to be included in the UN Security Council resolution on UNFICYP, as this was not the case with the UN Secretary General`s recent report on the UN operation in Cyprus. He also took note of other points included in the report which do not respond to the reality.
Deliberations on the draft resolution on the renewal of UNFICYP`s mandate, to be adopted by the SC on Wednesday are still underway. Some minor changes could be made on secondary issues, while it remains to be seen if there will be any substantive changes, something which depends from the SC members` briefing by Eide.
President Anastasiades suspended his participation in the UN-led peace talks following a Navigational Telex or NAVTEX, issued by Turkey in October last year, as Turkish seismic research vessel “Barbaros” violated the Republic’s exclusive economic zone.
Repeated calls for the withdrawal of “Barbaros” went unheeded by Ankara, which announced recently the NAVTEX`s extension until April 6, 2015.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY