EIDE: “All problems can be resolved”
UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide stated that the Joint Statement signed by the leaders in February 11 is very strong and clear and not contradictory and he believes there are no big differences which the two leaders cannot resolve.
Giving his first interview as the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, Eide said that the second stage of negotiations which was concluded was about clearing the positions of the two sides. Expressing that all positions of the sides regarding the issues are at the negotiation table, Eide said “ Now, structured negotiations will start. Sides will try to overcome the differences and find a common ground. This is very different from what has been done over the last months”.
Furthermore, stating that Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders have covered a long distance since the year 2008 when the negotiations have started, Eide added that the Joint Statement which was signed in February 11, 2014 between President Derviş Eroğlu and Greek Cypriot Leader Nikos Anastasiades can be considered the most important achievement.
Eide underlined that the Joint Statement is a strong statement which defines the current status quo as unacceptable. On the other hand UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide attended a lunch with the religious leaders of the two sides last Thursday. Speaking after the lunch Eide said that the religious leaders reconfirmed their strong support for working towards the reunification of the island and made commitment to do whatever is necessary to encourage their communities and the leaders towards reaching a solution.