UN Cyprus envoy to step down in order to stand in upcoming Norwegian elections
The UN Cyprus envoy will be stepping down from his position in order to run in his native Norway’s parliamentary elections. Espen Barth Eide, who was central in initiating the latest Cyprus talks, will visit the island today for the final time in his capacity. During his visit he will meet separately with Cyprus President, Nikos Anastasiades, and Turkish-Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci.
The announcement comes in the wake of the recent collapse of negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots in a bid to reunify the island for the first time since Turkey invaded in 1974 in response to a coup led by the then military junta in Greece. The northern part of the island is recognised as ‘The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ only by Turkey. Internationally, all of the island is recognised as the Republic of Cyprus.
Mr. Eide will release two reports regarding the recent talks and their prospects. The talks ended with both sides blaming the other for their failure to come to a successful conclusion.