Peace talks have not collapsed yet, UN Cyprus envoy says

Published 31.05.2017 00:00
Updated 31.05.2017 12:56
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Cyprus reunification talks have not failed yet, UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said Wednesday.

Eide stated that no meeting was scheduled for the near future, but emphasized that the parties were constantly in touch.

"A meeting of three guarantor states can only be jointly hosted by the two Cypriot parties. At the same time, Cypriot leaders should make a decision about a meeting themselves. I think it will take some time to resolve this dilemma. This is a dilemma. But it is not over yet, the talks have not collapsed," Eide said, adding that despite reaching somewhat of a dead end, diplomatic work would break the deadlock.

Eide also noted that each of the guarantor states – Turkey, Greece and the U.K. – supported the peace process.

"Turkey has supported the process since the beginning. Çavuşoğlu also confirmed that they are ready to join the Cyprus Conference in Geneva if the parties come together again without any preconditions," he said following a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Ankara.

"Of course, Greece and Turkey have different views, it is no secret. But both countries have told me that they do not want the process to fail, but succeed instead. In this case, we have to make the process work. This requires some intention, some flexibility, and some leadership from both the guarantors and the two Cypriot parties," Eide said.

The eastern Mediterranean island was divided into a Turkish Cypriot state in the north and a Greek Cypriot administration in the south after a 1974 military coup was followed by the intervention of Turkey as a guarantor power.

A U.N.-brokered peace deal was approved by Turkish Cypriots in 2004 but was rejected by Greek Cypriot voters via referendum.

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