UN Cyprus en­voy to bid farewell

Eide to re­turn as UN ad­viser for last time as Athens mon­i­tors Turk­ish leaks

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Espen Barth Eide re­turns to Cyprus to­mor­row for the fi­nal time in his ca­pac­ity as the United Na­tions spe­cial en­voy as he plans to take part in Septem­ber elec­tions in his na­tive Nor­way.

The end of Eide’s ten­ure, which be­gan in Au­gust 2014, co­in­cides with the ac­ri­mo­nious col­lapse of the ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Greek and Turk­ish Cypri­ots to re­unify the is­land in early July. He will meet sep­a­rately with Cyprus Pres­i­dent Nikos Anas­tasi­ades and Turk­ishCypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci be­fore a farewell re­cep­tion on Thurs­day.

Sources say Eide will draft two re­ports with his con­clu­sions about the peace talks and their prospects. In the af­ter­math of the failed talks, both sides en­gaged in a blame game, with Turkey threat­en­ing to ac­ti­vate a Plan B with uni­lat­eral mea­sures. Given Turkey’s warn­ing, Athens and Ni­cosia are closely mon­i­tor­ing leaks that Ankara plans to open the ghost town of Varosha in the oc­cu­pied north, as well as to al­low the re­turn of mem­bers of the is­land’s Ma­ronite com­mu­nity to their vil­lages. Diplo­matic sources, how­ever, note that th­ese re­ports re­main noth­ing more more than leaks, at least for the time be­ing, as no for­mal pro­pos­als or an­nounce­ments have been made.

Mean­while, Ni­cosia lodged a com­plaint with Wash­ing­ton over the in­clu­sion of a US mil­i­tary ship in a Turk­ish nav­i­ga­tional telex (Nav­tex) which stated that it will en­ter plots five and six in Cyprus’s Ex­clu­sive Eco­nomic Zone to tow a sub­ma­rine de­vice.

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