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No timetable for deal, says Eide

UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide

THERE is no timetable for the conclusion of the ongoing peace talks, Espen Barth Eide, the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, said on Thursday.

He was speaking to reporters coming out of a meeting with AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou.

Asked to comment on a statement by the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci that a solution should be found before May’s parliamentary elections, Eide said: “I have no comment on that, we need a good solution rather that a hasty solution.”.

“The leaders themselves yesterday said that they believe that a solution can be available in the near future and I will leave it to them to define what the near future is,” he added.

The UN official said talks between the two leaders are deep into very important issues.

“We have had a very constructive round of meetings in November and now we are planning for the December phase. We are moving forward in the good direction.”
Responding to a question, Eide noted that “we are trying to reach a working and civilised solution that will give at least two ‘yes’ in the referenda but also it will work over time.” (CNA)


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