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Eide: No Cyprus reunification referenda anytime soon

Crucial Cyprus talks in Geneva are not the last but the best chance for the divided island’s reunification even though referenda should not be expected to take place anytime soon.

This is what UN Cyprus envoy Espen Barth Eide told a press conference in Geneva on Wednesday – the third day of the peace process which is to culminate on Thursday with an international conference.

“We are on track, I’m happy with results (so far)…I don’t know if it’s the last chance, what I can say is that it is the best chance, there is nothing on going around in the world indicating that solving a problem is getting easier,” he said.

“We don’t need to set a referenda date to call what’s going on here a success…if we manage to reach a political agreement that would be successful enough, no one should expect that we will go back to Cyprus with an overall settlement at hand,” he added.

Eide also said that after Thursday’s conference focusing on security in a reunited federal Cyprus with the participation of the guarantors – Greece, Turkey and Britain – no new conference is on the plan.

And that the goal is to have the best result achieved this time around.

Eide also said that President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have dealt with some of the most difficult issues in Geneva.

“We have touched upon almost all of them, we have solved many of them and we are close to resolving some other issues…(But) There is still work to do,” the former Norwegian foreign minister said.

Talks moved to Geneva on Monday after 20 months of intensive peace talks.



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