SASG Eide holds contacts in New York

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23 Sep 2016

SASG Eide holds contacts in New York

The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, on 23 September 2016 met US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in New York. Mr. Eide described the meeting as: "a very inspiring discussion on how best to support the quest for a settlement in Cyprus".

While in New York, Mr. Eide has so far met, among others, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, as well as Russia's Deputy FM Aleksey Meshkov, Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's Foreign Minister.

The Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akınci, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, are both in New York, and will hold a joint meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 September. They will take stock of the state of play in the negotiations, inform him of their achievements to date as well as of the challenges ahead. They will exchange views with him and will request him to intensify his personal engagement in the process in the months to come.

The two leaders issued a joint statement on 14 September in which they reiterated their commitment to continuing and intensifying their efforts in the leader-led negotiations with the aim of reaching a comprehensive settlement agreement within 2016.