Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met with Espen Barth Eide, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor for Cyprus.

During the meeting, the developments which took place in the aftermath of the suspension of the negotiations with the announcement of Greek Cypriot Leader Anastasiades that he would not attend the scheduled meetings were discussed.

Foreign Minister Nami expressed to Eide that the international community should not remain a spectator while the Greek Cypriot side leaves the negotiating table by creating excuses rather than engaging in result-oriented negotiations, that it is crucial for both sides to focus on the comprehensive settlement negotiations, and that the UN has a significant role to play in this regard.

Minister Nami also stated that one of the most significant factors contributing to the present crisis was the fact that the necessary reaction was not given to the various attempts of the Greek Cypriot leader to delay the negotiation process since the very beginning, and emphasized that this should be taken into consideration as the ensuing developments unfold.