UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide has said that he does not expect any new developments on the Cyprus negotiations in the near future.
He added, however, that the UN remains committed to supporting efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.
“We will be there and be helpful. But there is no process if the sides don’t see that there is one,” he also said speaking after his meeting with President Mustafa Akıncı yesterday afternoon.
Eide told reporters that he had a good heart to heart meeting with President Akıncı.
He added, however, that he had been given no indication that anything would happen in the near future.
“My mission is to talk to the sides and report to [UN Secretary-General] Antonio Guterres whether there are any steps to be taken by UN and if the sides are ready to take any,” the UN envoy added.
Stating that the two sides had entered a period reflection, as recommended by the UN Secretary-General, Eide said that the UN hoped that the two sides would continue within existing UN parameters which the United Nations remained dedicated to.
“Of course at the end of the day, that requires the willingness of both sides. That has to do with substance but also with trust. The genuine will to go the last mile”, he stressed.
Noting that President Akıncı and his negotiating team had conducted the talks with real dedication and seriousness, Eide said that one of the reasons why the talks at Crans-Montana failed was the absence of any sense of trust between the sides.