UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide expects to get an official response to his proposal with regard to the management of the issue of hydrocarbons, during his visit to the island, which begins on Monday, UN Good Offices Mission spokesman Michel Bonnardeaux told Cyprus News Agency (CNA).
Commenting on the fact that the Greek Cypriot side had already rejected the proposal, Bonnardeaux said: “It`s been rejected publicly, but nobody sat down and explained to him, so I think he’ll be looking for that.”
Eide proposed a twin-track process whereby an advisory panel would be set up to deal with technical aspects of managing natural gas and energy in a reunified island, parallel to the peace negotiations proper. The bridging proposal was rejected by both sides.
Bonnardeaux said that Eide, who is due on the island Monday afternoon will meet later in the day with the World Council of Churches (WCC). The 25-person WCC Executive Committee is currently convening in Ayia Napa, at the invitation of the Church of Cyprus.
The UN diplomat will have a meeting on Tuesday afternoon with President Anastasiades. He will be meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on Wednesday morning.
He will also have meetings with the two sides` negotiators and with political party leaders.
He will meet with the leaders of the Democratic Party (DIKO), the Social Democrats Movement EDEK, the Green Party and the Alliance of Citizens while he will also have meetings in the north with the Turkish Cypriot Democratic Party and the Turkish Cypriot Republican Turkish Party.
Bonnardeaux said, Eide would also have meetings with ambassadors and will have a dinner with the Gender Advisory Team. He will also meet with academics.
On Friday morning the Norwegian diplomat will attend a Conference of the PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo) Cyprus Centre to be held in Nicosia under the title “Conflict in Europe – Europe in Conflict”. After that he will leave the island. (CNA)