UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide is involved in shuttle diplomacy, in an effort to restart the stalled Cyprus negotiations. At noon on Wednesday he met with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.
Eide spoke to journalists in Nicosia after the meeting. Akinci is demanding that a vote that secondary schools in the south commemorate the 1950 Enosis referendum, is rescinded.
The south Cyprus parliament’s vote brought the talks to a standstill, dashing any hopes, however unfounded, for a settlement after decades of efforts to reunite the island.
President Anastasiades said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become unbending, as he seeks near-dictatorial powers in next month’s referendum in Turkey on major constitutional changes.
Eide is also scheduled to meet Anastasiades later on today in hopes of overcoming the deadlock.
Meanwhile, Eide said that, to get results, there needed to be changes in the way that the negotiations are conducted.
He added that he himself was powerless to do anything, as it was up both community leaders to make moves, in order to resume the talks.