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Cyprob shifts to UN in New York

26 July 2017

North Cyprus News - Akinci - Guterres - Anastasiades

The focus on the Cyprus problem is shifting to New York where the next moves are expected to be revealed at the United Nations headquarters.

In particular, there are four measures, critical to the future of the negotiations, anticipated on the part of the UN, ‘Phileleftheros’ reports.

Firstly, the resolution on renewing UNFICYP’s mandate by the Security Council is expected on Thursday.

Secondly, the renewal of UNFICYP’s mandate will only last for four months with the future of the peacekeeping force under review.

The Security Council has decided to review all peacekeeping missions in order for the international organisation to assess where real needs lie and what cuts must be made.

Third, it would seem that Espen Barth Eide is quitting his Cyprus post. His final task is to prepare the report on the Crans-Montana talks, which he will hand over to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Eide’s role in Cyprus will be taken over by Elizabeth Spehar.

Finally, Secretary-General Guterres will receive Eide’s report but has not decided how he will proceed.

It is possible that Guterres will not reveal the contents of the report until September, when he is expected to determine his next moves. It is anticipated that Guterres also will take into account the conditions that have emerged by then, before deciding what to do next.

Meanwhile, the minutes of the five-party meeting in Crans-Montana on the last night of the negotiations are expected to be released as early as Wednesday.

President Nicos Anastasiades has decided to publish the minutes in response to Eide’s comments on events that took place that night and which drew harsh criticism from Greece and some parties in South Cyprus.

However, the government’s reaction has created fresh arguments in the south, with the opposition criticising Anastasiades for accusing Eide of lying about what had been said at the final dinner meeting in Switzerland.

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