UN adviser on Cyprus concerned over negotiations

- UN special adviser Eide met Tuesday with Turkish Cypriot President Eroglu in Nicosia.

LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (AA) - The UN secretary-general's special adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide said Tuesday he was concerned about the negotiations between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. 

Eide met Tuesday with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Dervis Eroglu in Lefkosa. 

He said that deadlock in negotiations had not yet been broken despite several developments. 

There should be more efforts to ensure that the two sides come together to negotiate, Eide said, adding that he would provide details of his meetings in Cyprus when he briefs the UN Security Council at the end of this month. 

The island has been divided into a Turkish Cypriot administration in the northern third and a Greek Cypriot one in the southern two-thirds after a Greek-Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish peace mission in 1974 to aid the Turkish Cypriots.

Negotiations between the two sides resumed in 2013 after a two-year pause. Greek Cypriots suspended the talks last October in retaliation for a Turkish move to monitor Greek side's oil-and-gas exploration activity off the island's coast.


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