The name of a senior United Nations official who will mediate in the Cyprus problem is expected to be announced in the coming days, Greek Cypriot negotiator Menelaos Menelaou said on Monday.
Asked whether Miroslav Jenca, who visited Cyprus last week, will undertake this role, Menelaou told CyBC radio that this will become clear in the near future.
Jenca, the Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas in the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, met President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia on Friday.
During his meeting, Jenca said that following the instructions of the Secretary-General he was undertaking a fact-finding mission to ascertain how to establish the necessary conditions for the resumption of talks based on UN Security Council resolutions and on the terms set by the Secretary-General’s mandate.
Menelaou confirmed that the official’s visit to the island took place in the context of the UN secretary-general’s effort to engage with the parties involved to continue efforts that will create the conditions for the resumption of talks.
The thorny issue of the appointment of a special envoy by UN was discussed during the meeting, with Anastasiades telling reporters later that the role would be assumed by UN officials.
They also discussed issues related to confidence building measures, following a statement by UNSG Special Representative Colin Stewart last week that trust was probably the single most important thing missing at the moment that was preventing a move forward on the Cyprus problem.
Following his contacts in Nicosia, Jenca visited the three guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and the UK.
Menelaou added that the government has not yet received the proposals of Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar which he was expected to hand over to the UN official.