The United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, has admitted that talks to resolve the Cyprus Issue are unlikely to resume any time soon following the collapse of talks earlier this month between Greece, Turkey, the UK, Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot authorities.
Mr. Eide revealed that both sides are now reflecting on the failure of the talks, which were held in Switzerland, but that the UN remains committed to the eventual goal of reunification for Cyprus. The island has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded following a failed coup by the then military junta of Greece.
One of the key demands, which led to the collapse in talks, was the complete withdrawal of the some 35,000 Turkish troops stationed on the north side of the island; something Turkish authorities said was ‘out of the question’.
Greek-Cypriot government spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides, has insisted that for talks to resume, Turkey must drop its demands for troops and intervention rights.
For the time being, all sides look set to ponder over yet another missed opportunity.