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UN envoy in Cyprus probably after December 20, government source tells CNA

December 3, 2018 at 9:36am
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There are no details yet as to the date of arrival of Jane Holl Lute, the envoy of the UN Secretary General, who is expected in Cyprus in order to agree on the terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumption of settlement talks. A government source told CNA that this is not likely to happen before December 20.

“The only thing which is certain is that we expect Ms. Lute to notify us about her arrival,” the same source said.

A UN source in Cyprus also said that there are no details about her schedule.

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci told recently CNN Turk that Lute asked for a meeting in Ankara on December 5-6. Moreover, the envoy will meet with Greek Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougkalos at the UN headquarters on December 12.

Moreover, the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades will travel to Strasbourg to address the European Parliament plenary, in session between December 10 and 13. According to a draft agenda, President Anastasiades will appear before MEPs on Wedenesday, December 12, at 0900 hours local time.

On December 20, the President will visit Israel to attend a Cyprus-Greece-Israel Trilateral Summit.

“In essence, we are talking about a date after December 20” the government source told CNA, adding however that “nothing is certain.” The same source highlighted a point raised by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, during his separate meetings with President Anastasiades, AKEL Secretary-General Andros Kyprianou “and possibly with others”, that negotiations could start after May 2019. “This is also part of Lute’s considerations” the source concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

(Cyprus News Agency)