There are difficult issues to overcome on the security and guarantees chapter but there is will to overcome them, UNSG`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said on Friday in Geneva during a presser, after the Conference on Cyprus which took place here on January 12.
Eide said that the opening statements made at the Conference “conveyed a strong message of hope that this long-standing dispute can now finally be laid to rest and a united federal Cyprus can emerge and be embraced in a security arrangement that is mutually acceptable for all sides.”
Invited to comment on statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey will be in Cyprus for ever, Eide said that there were some exchanges on Thursday which were not on substance that might have inspired a reaction, adding that he has no sign that the process is in any kind of trouble. “But we take note of this,” he added.
The Conference on Cyprus decided to establish a working group at the level of deputies that will commence its work on 18 January with a view to identify specific questions and the instruments needed to address them.
According to the decision, the Conference will continue at political level immediately thereafter to review the outcome of the working group’s discussions, while in parallel, the negotiations on outstanding issues in the other chapters will continue between the two sides in Cyprus.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunify the island under a federal roof.