Following his meeting with President Mustafa Akıncı, the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said that he becomes more hopeful every passing week.
Following the Leaders’ meeting yesterday, Eide had a meeting with Akıncı which lasted about one hour and then he had a meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades.
Following his meeting with Akıncı, Eide said that during their yesterday’s meeting, the Leaders made evaluations regarding the last 11 meetings of the negotiators and added that he appreciates the negotiation team for their systematic works.
Furthermore, adding that during his meetings with the Leaders, they tried to determine the agenda of the following process and the issues to be discussed at the meeting to be held on 14 September, Eide said “The process is proceeding in a clear way.”
Adding that there are still some issues to be solved and his mission is to help at this stage as a good instructor, Eide expressed that a difficult process is waiting for them before reaching a settlement.
Stressing that he cannot say many things regarding the core of the negotiations, Eide said that the chapters in the negotiations were all discussed thoroughly. Eide added: “I am satisfied with the works, commitment and mutual confidence shown by the Leaders, negotiators and the negotiation team. They have common determination for solving the Cyprus problem. I become more hopeful every passing week.”