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Turkish Cypriot side still waiting at negotiating table

19 December 2014

UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, who is currently in Cyprus, met separately on Wednesday with the chief negotiators of the two communities, Bayrak TV online reports.

The Norwegian diplomat, who arrived on Tuesday held separate meetings with Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ergun Olgun (above).

Speaking earlier to TAK news agency, Turkish Cypriot negotiator Olgun said that the purpose of the UN Special Adviser’s visit is to take stock of the current situation in the Cyprus peace process, which was already faltering when the Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades walked out of the talks two months ago.

Issuing a reminder that the Turkish Cypriot side is still at the negotiating table, Olgun said that possibilities and opportunities regarding the return of the Greek Cypriot side to the talks will be discussed.

Olgun also said that they conveyed their views to Eide regarding the unilateral exploration of oil off the coast of the island by the Greek Cypriot side and re-iterated that it is important that the Greek Cypriots refrain from this.

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