Eide: Not necessary to leave Geneva with referendum date to be pleased with Cyprus talks

It is not necessary for the Greek-Cypriot and the Turkish-Cypriot sides to achieve a comprehensive solution on Cyprus to be pleased with the talks, U.N. special envoy for the Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said on Wednesday, during a press conference in Geneva to brief journalists about developments in the ongoing talks between Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

“It is not necessary to leave from here with a comprehensive solution, with a referendum date, for us to be pleased,” he said, adding he is “absolutely convinced that this is the best opportunity” to resolve the Cyprus issue.

Eide also said that progress has been made in the last 48 hours and some difficult issues have been resolved but more remain to be agreed upon. He said experts are holding successive meetings, while the two leaders are taking a short break and consulting with their teams, so they can meet again this afternoon.

The afternoon talks will continue until midnight to prepare for Thursday’s convention which will be “historic”, Eide said, because it is the first time the guarantor powers will meet with the two sides to discuss the two very difficult issues: security and guarantees. He clarified that talks will not end on Thursday and praised Anastasiades and Akinci for their determination to resolve the issues despite the many obstacles.

Responding to a question, the UN envoy said the road maps published today in the press are not correct and clarified that they will not be discussed in the convention on Thursday.