UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide is due to arrive in Cyprus this afternoon for separate meetings with the leaders of both communities, ‘Cyprus Mail’ reports.
His aim is to try and break the deadlock between both sides after Turkey issued another notice to mariners (NAVTEX) that is would continue seismic exploration in South Cyprus’ EEZ.
According to CNA, Eide wants to hear the views of both leaders regarding the current block in the Cyprus negotiations and what the prospects are for a restart.
South Cyprus government sources told CNA that Turkey’s decision to extend its NAVTEX had complicated efforts to overcome the deadlock caused by its first NAVTEX issued late last year.
The same sources said that the Greek Cypriot side continued efforts to find a way to overcome the stalemate.
On Wednesday morning Eide is due to meet South Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades. He will then meet with Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu.
Eide Adviser will also use the results of these discussion to prepare his briefing to the Security Council, scheduled for 26th January, ahead of the renewal of the UNFICYP’s mandate which expires on 31st January.