UN Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide held a two hour meeting with President Anastasiades this morning. He said that there had to be some compromises in order form a bi-zonal and bi-communal federation. The solution would need to be compatible with fundamental EU values and human rights, he said.
Asked about TRNC President Akinci’s insistence that there are certain derogations required from the European acquis, he said that EU representative Pieter van Nuffel would have to answer that question.
“I have been very clear all the time that we want to find a solution that is fully compatible with basic EU values and principles and basic human rights and you should not compromise the individual rights to the collective. At the same time, there are compromises that have to be made so they should never be to the detriment of individuals be they Turkish Cypriots of Greek Cypriots,” he noted.
“I also want to say that we have made significant progress as you know over the last months. We are also now in the depth of one of the most difficult issues, which is the property issue, I think that should be well known,” he added.
Eide said that despite disagreements continuing for many decades, “I also feel very strongly as I am meeting the leaders frequently that the dedication to find solutions is there, even if we have seen certain challenges over the last weeks in exactly how we deal with some these issues that are on the table.”
The UN Special Advisor who is meeting President Akinci this afternoon, said that despite reports to the contrary, there is no specified time-line for a settlement. He added that both leaders agree that there is no time to waste. “However, they agree that there is a need to find a good solution and not a hasty solution,” he said.