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Eide back in Cyprus to kick-start peace talks

Espen Barth Eide

UN Special Envoy to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide has arrived on the island to begin the process of revitalising the momentum in the on-going peace talks between the two leaders.

The Norwegian diplomat arrived on the island on Sunday and was set to first meet with Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday morning before later meeting with Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci.

Eide, who could meet with Turkish Cypriot political figures, is also expected to hold separate meetings with Disy ruling party chief Averof Neofytou and the leader of opposition party AKEL Andros Kyprianou.

Both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have refused to be defeatist following the failure to find a breakthrough on the issue of territory and refugees at the summit in the Swiss resort of Mont Pellerin earlier this month.

The failure to reach a deal came as a significant blow to all sides following hopes that a settlement was finally on the cards.

Anastasiades and Akinci blamed each other for the outcome but did agree to continue meeting each other with the first meeting expected to take place later this week.

Eide’s arrival comes only days before the visit of high-profile officials from Britain and the US – including British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who may even meet with Eide himself. Johnson is set to have talks at the Foreign Ministry not only on the Cyprus question but also on Brexit and other issues of mutual interest.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Euroasian Affairs Jonathan Cohen, who will be in Cyprus next week, will have a meeting with Andreas Mavroyiannis. Cohen, appointed to this post in August this year, will also have contacts with Foreign Ministry officials.

No meetings have been set for next week between the negotiators of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami.

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At the age of ten Sophia moved from Sweden in 1998 and has since lived in several locations around the world including Spain, and has been residing in North Cyprus for four years now. Her educational background is in marketing, hotel management and real estate, and she now works as a real estate agent and is editor in chief for New Cyprus Magazine. If you any questions for Sophia, please write to: sophia@newcyprusmagazine.com.