UNSG Special Adviser Epsen Barth Eide met on Saturday with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and in statements following the meeting pointed out that when he returns to Cyprus, he will come with “some bridging proposals”.
Eide recalled that the UNSG said this is the time to move ahead, adding that “Mr Eroglu and Mr Anastiades agreed that we are now going into a new phase of genuine negotiations”.
“We`ll start doing that week after next. When I am back to Cyprus, I`ll come with some bridging proposals. We`ll go chapter after chapter and go into negotiations that already need to happen. I`ve been meeting with sides to talk about details of how we do that. But I am now quite optimistic that we are now moving into something different from what we have seen”, he underlined.
He went on to say that Famagusta is not the main issue of the negotiations he is chairing, adding that he is now more focused “on the solving the main core problem and to reunify the island through a negotiated settlement”.
“That will be my personal priority. And that`s also the Secretary General`s clear view. I want to go into the essence of the disagreements and I want to go into that fast and I`ll now focus on that”, Eide said in his statement.