UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will be arriving to Cyprus on Monday. During his visit, to be concluded March 18, he will have meetings aiming at the resumption of UN-backed talks on Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.
According to a press statement issued by the Secretary General`s Good Offices Mission in Cyprus, Eide`s schedule “will include meetings with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders”, namely Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, “and their respective negotiating teams, as well as a range of other interlocutors.”
As it is noted, Eide “looks forward to this upcoming visit as a chance to continue his dialogue with the leaders on the resumption of structured negotiations.”
“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 press statement added.
In October 2014 President Anastasiades suspended his participation in the talks following a Navigational Telex or NAVTEX, issued by Turkey in October last year, as Turkish seismic research vessel “Barbaros” violated the Republic’s exclusive economic zone.
Repeated calls for the withdrawal of “Barbaros” went unheeded by Ankara, which announced in January the NAVTEX`s extension until April 6, 2015.