January 27, 2023

Eide: “We are progressing in the right direction”

UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide had a meeting with President Mustafa Akıncı yesterday at the Office of the President at 10:00, within the framework of the negotiations maintained to reach a settlement for the Cyprus problem.

During the meeting, they re-evaluated some issues which they want to solve in the following weeks.

Espen Barth Eide

In his statement following the meeting, Eide said that intensifying the meetings will be fruitful for the process that’s why he conveyed this to both leaders.

The meeting was held with the attendance of Turkish Cypriot Negotiator Özdil Nami, Presidential Spokesperson Barış Burcu, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Erhan Erçin and UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim.

Furthermore, Eide said that as well as meetings with the leaders and the negotiating team together, separate meetings are also very fruitful for the negotiation process.

Adding that some compromised issues have been also discussed at the meeting, Eide said this is so encouraging and he will wait in the following weeks for the continuation of the good developments.

Schulz: “There is a window of opportunity and hope for a solution to the Cyprus problem”

The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz stated that there is a window of opportunity and hope for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Martin Schulz

Schulz met with the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide just before the conclusion of his official visit to the island and Schulz said that there is now really the possibility of an historical step forward.

Stating that there is always the full support of the European Parliament and the European Commission and Schulz said that if necessary they are ready to support a settlement in Cyprus financially. He added that there are still a lot of things to be done and that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.

In his speech the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide stated that apart from a Cypriot problem, this is also a European problem since Cyprus is the only EU member state that is on the agenda of the UN Security Council due to its division.

Mentioning that the aim is the solution based on European principles, Eide pointed out that the economy of the island can be ensured to integrate the Euro with the help of the European Central Bank, as well as the World Bank and the IMF.

TDP: “It should be ensured that two Turkish Cypriots take place in the European Parliament as full members.”

Indicating that although Turkish Cypriots have rights for two of the six chairs at the European Parliament, these two chairs are filled by the Greek Cypriots by claiming unsettlement, Communal Democracy Party (TDP) indicated that it should be ensured that the Turkish Cypriots take place in the EU Parliament as full members and this is extremely important for the Turkish Cypriots.


Communal Democracy Party (TDP) conveyed their views on the Cyprus issue to the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz

The letter which comprised the views of TDP regarding the solution type of the Cyprus issue, the two chairs reserved for the Turkish Cypriots in the European Parliament, demilitarization, views about the registration of hellim/halloumi and the information about the Socialist International membership of the TDP was conveyed to Martin Schulz at the meeting at Ledra Palace by the Communal Democracy party leader Cemal Özyiğit.

UN Secretary-General appoints new Special Representative for Cyprus

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday the appointment of Elizabeth Spehar of Canada as his new Special Representative and head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Spehar will also perform the function of Deputy to the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus.

Elizabeth Spehar

She will succeed Lisa Buttenheim, who will take up the position of Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support at Headquarters.

“The Secretary-General is grateful for Ms. Buttenheim’s dedication and exemplary leadership of UNFICYP over the past six years.  Ms. Buttenheim also provided invaluable support to the Secretary-General’s mission of good offices, as the Deputy to his Special Adviser on Cyprus.  During her tenure, significant progress has been achieved in the negotiations towards a comprehensive settlement” Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General told the press on Wednesday.

He said Spehar “has had extensive political experience in several senior positions with the United Nations Department of Political Affairs since 2007”.

Spehar is expected to take up her new appointment before summer.

Replying to a question Dujarric noted that “the efforts of the SG through his Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide, the talks between the two sides, continue well” and added that “this is where we focus”.

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