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UN envoy to brief Security Council on Cyprus talks on January 23

UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will brief the UN Security Council on January 23 on the ongoing peace talks aiming to solve the Cyprus problem, during a closed meeting, instead of submitting a report, according to reliable sources.

The UN Security Council is scheduled to convene on January 23 with a view to adopting a resolution on the renewal of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) mandate, according to Security Council sources.

The UN Secretary General`s report on the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) will be communicated to the Council members before January 8.

According to diplomatic sources, there will be no separate report on the good offices missions, due to the ongoing negotiations and the forthcoming Geneva talks on Cyprus.

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci decided on December 1 to meet in Geneva on January 9 next year. On January 11 they will present their respective maps on the territorial chapter of the problem and on January 12 a Conference on Cyprus will be convened with the additional participation of the guarantor powers, while other relevant parties shall be invited as needed.

Reliable sources have said that Eide will inform Antonio Guterres, who assumes his duties as UN Secretary General on January 1, on developments in the Cyprus problem, during the coming days, probably in Lisbon. According to the same sources, Guterres is the one who will send the invitations for the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva.

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