New conference for Cyprus next month
Rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus have requested that the United Nations lay the groundwork for a new peace conference with the participation of the three guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and Britain – early next month.
The UN’s special envoy, Espen Barth Eide, announced the request yesterday, adding that Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci also agreed to meet weekly this month in a bid to iron out outstanding differences.
“They underscored their strong resolve and determination to maintain the current momentum,” Eide said, referring to last month’s conference in Geneva which failed to clinch a deal due mainly to disagreements over post-settlement security arrangements. Anastasiades briefed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday on the developments, while Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will meet with Eide in Athens tomorrow.