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Eide to meet Kotzias in Athens on Tuesday

UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will hold a meeting in Athens on Tuesday with the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide.

The meeting will be held at 3 pm. The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) has been told by a high-ranked official in the foreign ministry, that the meeting, the first for 2016 was taking place during a time of “intense negotiations” between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

“The negotiations are at an intense stage. The Cyprus problem does not have the luxury of having holidays”, a diplomatic source in Athens said when asked by CNA whether a solution was close.

Kotzias is expected to be briefed by Eide on the UN’s view regarding the course of the negotiations between President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. Their talks, according to information, will focus especially on the issue of the guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and Great Britain.
Ankara has stated clearly that its role should be maintained in Cyprus even after a solution.

Kotzias has stated that Athens does not agree with this “unacceptable and anachronistic arrangement”. (CNA)

 

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