NICOSIA: Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are ready to resume peace talks after a six-month hiatus, UN envoy Espen Barth Eide said Tuesday, but no date has been agreed.
The two sides have agreed to start UN-brokered talks “within weeks not months,” the Norwegian diplomat said.
While no date was agreed, Eide said talks would not start until after presidential elections in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which begin on April 19 and could go to a second round the following Sunday.
“My primary focus is a strategic settlement, that is a strategic compromise to be reached,” said Eide of a peace process that has repeatedly failed to make headway over the terms of any possible reunification.
“I strongly believe that 2015 will be a decisive year, a decisive year in the right direction.”
Eide was optimistic that he would triumph where many others have failed to achieve progress on Cyprus, believing he would be the “last UN envoy” for the country.