Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met with Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, and Herve Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations of the UN Secretary-General, within the framework of his contacts in New York.

 

At the meeting with Feltman, Foreign Minister Nami expressed his expectation that the comprehensive negotiations will gain new impetus with the appointment of Espen Barth Eide, the new Special Advisor on Cyprus, and emphasized the significance of maintaining the previously reached convergences between the two sides in order to move the process forward. Foreign Minister Nami also reiterated the commitment of the Turkish Cypriot side to the negotiation process and stressed that he will continue to do whatever necessary to support it.

 

Nami also emphasized that as an impartial party, the UN has a very significant mission on the Island as well as the pertinent role of ensuring that the negotiation process moves forward in an efficient and effective manner.

 

The UN Secretary-General’s Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, stated that the UN Secretary-General has a special interest in Cyprus and that he follows the developments pertaining to the Island closely. Feltman also expressed that the Secretary-General will continue to follow the process in close contact with his newly appointed Special Advisor on Cyprus and that Eide has assumed his new position with great dedication and enthusiasm.

 

At his meeting with Herve Lodsous, the Under-Secretary for Peacekeeping Operations, Foreign Minister Nami underlined the significant role of the UN Peacekeeping Force on the Island and the importance of carrying out its mandate in an impartial and principled manner. Various matters pertaining to the presence of the UN Peacekeeping Force on the Island were also taken up during the meeting.