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Eide due in Cyprus next week

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide

THE UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide will be in Cyprus Monday to Wednesday.
An announcement from the UN said his schedule would include meetings with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders and their respective negotiating teams, as well as a range of other interlocutors. “As part of his outreach to other actors who have a crucial role to play in efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement, Mr Eide will also host an event for women civil society representatives and media from both communities,” the announcement said.
It said the UN envoy was looking forward to the visit as a chance to continue his dialogue with the leaders on the resumption of structured negotiations.
The Cyprus talks have been stalled since last October when the Greek Cypriot side withdrew in response to Turkey’s plans to carry out seismic explorations in the island’s exclusive economic zone.
Meanwhile Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides on Tuesday told a delegation of US Congressmen visiting Cyprus that Nicosia expected Washington to send Turkey a stronger message.
He emphasised the role Cyprus could play “as a pillar of security, stability and regional cooperation in the region” and referred to the island’s contribution to the international fight against terrorism and its role in regional energy matters.
Fokaides said the government would like to see more from Cyprus’ ‘strategic partnership’ with the US.
“This is why we expect Washington to send a stronger message to Turkey,” he said.
Turkey’s behavior undermined the moral and political basis on which the fight against terrorism was based, he added.
Fokaides also spoke of the need to lift an embargo against Cyprus purchasing US weapons – in place since 1974 – and said Nicosia was determined to meet all of the new needs and challenges in the area of security.
The US Congressional delegation was headed by Rodney Frelinghuysen and also included Peter Visclosky, Kay Granger, Ken Clavert, Marcy Kaptur, John Carter and Steve Womack. They were accompanied by US Ambassador in Nicosia John Koenig.

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