The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres invited on Wednesday the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.
The meeting in New York will take place this Sunday, 4 June, in an apparent effort to overcome a stalemate in the negotiation.
Meanwhile, the UNSG’s Special Advisor for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, completed meetings with Greek and Turkish officials on Wednesday. In a press conference on Cyprus, he told reporters that the guarantor powers were ready to go to Cyprus but “the problem is in Cyprus,” the Cyprus News Agency reports.
“We did not bridge the gap on how we can organize Geneva. I don’t think the problem is here; both guarantor powers are ready,” Eide said.
However, Eide admitted that the framing of the Geneva negotiations had not been agreed. Turkish Cypriots would like to see all negotiating chapters discussed in parallel; this is a position with which the UN Mediator agrees. However, the Greek-Cypriot community would like a sequential framing, in which security is addressed and resolved before moving on.
“The problem is that wanting a solution does not mean you want the same solution,” Eide told reporters on Wednesday.
Akinci apparently favours a situation in which both sides lay down their objectives, facilitating a “give and take” process. Meanwhile, he is demanding a halt to offshore drilling in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone due to begin this July. Anastasiades proposes addressing the security and guarantees and then territorial issues.