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Lute expected before the end of June

Jane Holl Lute (file photo)

UN special envoy Jane Holl lute is expected to arrive in Cyrus towards the end of June, reports said on Saturday.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, that cites sources, Lute is expected to arrive during the last ten days of the month, as part of contacts with all parties to prepare the ground for an informal five-party summit like the one last April.

The island’s two leaders and guarantors Greece, Turkey and the UK had agreed, after no progress was achieved at the last summit held in Geneva, to meet soon to discuss the way forward on the Cyprus problem. The informal summit is aimed at paving the way for substantive talks on the Cyprus problem. Lute has already held contacts in May with Greece, Turkey, the UK and the EU.

In the meantime, Nicosia is preparing for the forthcoming European Council, which will discuss, among other things, EU-Turkey relations.

According to CNA, President Nicos Anastasiades is expected to have telephone conversations with the President of the European Council Charles Michel and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, ahead of the EU Summit in Brussels on June 24 and 25.

The date of Lute’s visit to Nicosia is expected to be finalised soon.

Anastasiades is scheduled to be in Brussels on June 23 and will return on June 26, while he will also fly to Paris to address the Generation Equality Forum at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron that will take place in the French capital from June 30 to July 2.

Anastasiades has already declared that Cyprus’ positive stand at the forthcoming European Council will depend on Ankara’s behaviour as regards the Cyprus issue and Varosha, and if it refrains from provocative actions. The president also said Turkey needed to fulfil its obligations towards the EU and all its member states.

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