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Eide due in Cyprus in attempt to break deadlock

UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide

UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide is due in Cyprus on Tuesday afternoon for separate meetings with the leaders of the two communities, in an attempt to overcome the deadlock after Turkey extended its NAVTEX for seismic exploration in the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
According to the Cyprus News Agency, the purpose of Eide`s visit is to ascertain directly from the leaders their views on the current impasse in the talks and prospects for its resolution, according to the UN.
Government sources told CNA that Turkey`s decision to extend its NAVTEX complicated efforts to overcome the deadlock caused by its first NAVTEX late last year.
The same sources said that the Greek Cypriot side continued efforts to find a way to overcome the stalemate.
On Wednesday morning Eide is due to meet President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades. This will be followed by a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.
The Special Adviser also plans to use the trip to prepare his briefing to the Security Council, scheduled for January 26, in view of the renewal of the UNFICYP`s mandate which expires on January 31.
The sources told CNA that the Greek Cypriot side would make clear to Eide that the UN should give the true picture as to which side is responsible for the failure to resume talks.
Anastasaides withdrew from the talks last October after Turkey issued its first NAVTEX, which expired on December 30. It then issued a second one this month that is due to run until April. (CNA)

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