It still unclear what the next step for the Cyprus problem will be, after the collapse of the Conference on Cyprus which took place in Crans Montana, Switzerland.
The United Nations are expected to open up a new round of efforts after the appointment of a new Special Envoy to Cyprus by the UN Secretary General, once Espen Barth Eide’s term comes to an end.
Eide has been accused of mishandling the situation and of not evaluating correctly the facts. The road map prepared by himself and his team simply did not work. The road map foresaw that two separate referendums would take place in November this year.
The Greek Cypriot side is now focusing on two directions. On the one hand it seeks a repetition of the talks, so as the dead end does not become final, and on the other hand to start the drilling process in Cyprus EEZ without any problems. Drillings are set to begin on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, an interesting detail regarding the negotiations at Crans Montana has come to the surface. According to sources the Secretary General said that the negotiation procedure followed after the submission of proposals, reminded him of the “chicken and egg” discussion.