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Eide: Two sides are in a period of reflection

Assessing all aspects of the UN-brokered Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana early in July will take time, UN Cyprus envoy Espen Barth Eide said on Wednesday amidst threats by Nicosia that minutes of the crucial talks would be made public.

“And as per the recommendation of the Secretary-General, the two sides in divided Cyprus are in a period of reflection,” added Eide whom President Nicos Anastasiades accused earlier in the week of lacking objectivity.

Eide, who is due to depart the island later on Wednesday and return to it next week also said in his written statement: “At Crans-Montana, key elements required for a settlement emerged in a heightened and challenging environment.

“Assessing all aspects of the Conference on Cyprus will take time; both the challenges and opportunities it presented, as well as the contents of the diverse discussions held among the various participants.”

Following his briefing to the United Nations Security Council last week, he had held consultations with Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı, Eide also noted.

While in New York, he also held detailed discussions with the Secretary-General, the top leadership of the United Nations, the guarantor powers and the broader diplomatic community.

“During my meetings with the leaders in Cyprus this week, I shared the results of my trip to New York and listened to their reflections on the outcome at Crans-Montana,” he said.

“In addition, I held discussions with other key stakeholders, including the diplomatic community in Nicosia and representatives of the European Union and the international financial institutions supporting the process.”

Eide also said that following his wide-ranging consultations in Cyprus this week, he remained convinced that the best chance for a mutually-agreed solution in Cyprus is through the established United Nations parameters.

“In the coming days, I will inform the Secretary-General of the reflections of both sides to date.”

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