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UN envoy to hold meetings with leaders

Special Envoy Eide (c) will be meeting with both leaders

United Nations special adviser for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will on Thursday hold separate meetings with the leaders of the two communities of the island, the Cyprus News Agency said.

CNA said Eide will be arriving in Cyprus from Athens, where on Wednesday afternoon he will be received by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. He will also meet Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos.

On Thursday afternoon, Eide will hold in separate meetings with President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu and on Friday he will meet the communities’ negotiators.

A UN source told CNA that Eide “is looking for a formula to get out of the impasse” and that he will convey some messages from Athens and Ankara.

Last month, Anastasiades pulled out of UN-backed negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus problem, after Turkish seismic exploration vessel Barbaros entered the island’s exclusive economic zone a few days after Turkey issued a maritime order (NAVTEX) for the area.

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