Cyprus talks to resume after seven months

According to UN envoy, Cyprus peace talks to resume between Greek and Turkish Cypriots in a few weeks.

Cyprus talks to resume after seven months

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Cyprus peace talks will resume between the Greek Cypriot administration and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in a few weeks, announced UN secretary-general's special adviser on Cyprus on Tuesday.

The remarks of Norweigan diplomat Espen Barth Eide came after a meeting with the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Dervis Eroglu in Lefkosa.

Eide said Greek Cypriot President Anastasiadis is ready to go back to the table and added the negotiations will resume within a few weeks.

"There have been 24 envoys before me, but I think I will be the last one, but for a good reason," he said, referring to settlement prospects. "There is of course the alternative, that the international community gives up" said Eide. 

"I see no obstacle to a very early resumption of talks once the election process in the north of Cyprus is done," said Eide, who oversees the Cyprus peace process for the United Nations

Negotil community gives up." ations between the Turkish Republic and the Greek-Cypriot administration had resumed after a two-year pause in February 2013, after the previous round of talks collapsed partly because of the Eurozone debt crisis.

A joint declaration outlining the details of a government based around federal states and reuniting the island was issued.

Greek Cypriots suspended their participation in peace talks last October, furious at moves by Turkey to send research ships into areas Nicosia had licenced for offshore oil and gas exploration.

A maritime advisory for seismic research Turkey issued over the area expired on April 6, and companies licenced by Cyprus have ceased drilling for gas after coming up empty.

"The stated reason why talks could not happen are gone, at least for the foreseeable future," said Eide, speaking to reporters at Nicosia airport, a protected compound in a 'buffer zone' splitting the sides and headquarters to one of the world's oldest U.N. peacekeeping missions worldwide.

Speaking on what was once an airport apron, with the bullet-riddled, paddlocked airport terminal in the distance, Eide added: "This problem is perfectly solveable."

 

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