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.

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