Eide and Anastasiades discuss best use of increased international support
UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide said on Tuesday there was huge international support for a Cyprus settlement, which was evident from the number of upcoming visits to the island, including US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
Eide was speaking after a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades at the presidential palace.
He said he had discussed with Anastasiades how to make best use of this foreign support “because the solution will have international aspects and aspects concerning the United Nations and so these are the issues we are discussing now,” he said.
The two leaders met on Monday and will meet again on Wednesday following a month of intensive talks in which they met six times. On Wednesday they will make an assessment, Eide said, and would decide when and how many times they will meet in December.
The current talks are more intensive than ever before, the special envoy said.
“We are moving forward but we have still issues to deal with” he said.
“Tomorrow [Wednesday] is time to take stock and then there will be more meetings in December” he said.
He said that during November`s intensive phase, the leaders had the chance to look much more interdependently on a number of issues, an ability they didn`t have before.
Traditionally, he added, such meetings would have taken place away from the island “but “we have been adamant to say that even this intense phase should happen here in Cyprus, but in such a way that we don`t have to take stock after every single meetings”. The intensive meetings are taking place under a media blackout.