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Eide and Spehar to brief UN Security Council

UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide and UNSG’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar are to brief the Security Council on recent developments in the Cyprus peace talks at 10pm (Cyprus time) on Tuesday.

The briefing follows the collapse of the latest round of efforts to find a viable solution to the Cyprus problem at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana earlier this month.

A British draft of a resolution for the renewal of the UNFICYP mandate will be circulated among the  Security Council following the report by Eide and Spehar.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is said to have conveyed, in a short reference he made on Monday at a monthly luncheon with the representatives of the Security Council, the sense that no blame will be apportioned for the collapse of the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana.

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Guterres is also said to have expressed his wish for a short break in the Cyprus peace effort to help reduce any tension and allow time for reflection for all interested parties.

Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis who is visiting New York had a series of meetings with UN Secretariat officials and Security Council permanent members.

UN sources say that Mavromatis is also expected to meet with Eide on Tuesday while Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami is also in New York to hold meetings of a similar nature.

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