UNSG begins meetings in Nicosia

UNSG begins meetings in Nicosia

UN Secretary General`s Special Representative for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will hold a series of meetings on the island on Monday and Tuesday.

Eide will be received on Tuesday morning by President Nicos Anastasiades and later on he will meet Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglou.

On Monday afternoon he is meeting a delegation of the Turkish Cypriot negotiating team in the buffer zone, and on Tuesday afternoon he will meet the Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and his team.

As part of his outreach to other actors who have a crucial role to play in efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement, Eide will also host an event for women civil society representatives and media from both communities.

According to CNA sources there are “indications but no decisions or agreements” for the resumption of negotiations in April, if NAVTEX is terminated and Turkish vessel Barbaros leaves Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone.

In such a case, it is noted, the Greek Cypriot side is ready to return to the negotiating table.

In October 2014 President Anastasiades suspended his participation in the 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 in January the NAVTEX`s extension until April 6, 2015.