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Delay already damaging negotiations: Eide

14 January 2015

UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide is concerned that the deadlock in the Cyprus talks will not be broken.

Speaking to the press after his meeting with President Eroglu, said he was worried that the negotiations would not re-start and despite some concessions, the deadlock, which had begun to damage the process, could not be overcome.

Eide expressed regret that he would be unable to report any developments to the UN Security Council at the end of the month but he would convey what difficulties had been encountered to the council.

However, he said he was “realistically optimistic” and that efforts to encourage both sides to return to the table were continuing.

Eide added that a delay of more than a few months would only further harm the process and lead to negative outcomes.

The UN Special Advisor will be meeting President Nicos Anastasiades this morning to hear his views on the current impasse.

Turkey’s extension of its NAVTEX announcing its intention to continue seismic surveys in the South’s EEZ is the reason, the Greek Cypriots claim, that the talks have stalled.

North Cyprus has said that the Greek Cypriot side had unilaterally begun hydrocarbon searches offshore the island, making no reference to the TRNC.

Sources: Kibris Postasi – Cyprus Mail

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