UN and EU sources: "Erdogan signals resumption of Cyprus talks"

UN and EU sources: "Erdogan signals resumption of Cyprus talks"
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There are signs that the UN and the EU are making diplomatic moves to resume negotiations on the Cyprus issue, while Erdogan leaves the door open to talks.

By Nikolaos Stelgias

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left the door open for a new negotiation process on the Cyprus issue, according to the latest information from the UN, EU circles and Greek Cypriot media.

After the failure of the Crans-Montana summit in 2017, Turkey changed its strategy in the Cyprus issue and adopted the formula of two separate states and one international community, which the Greek Cypriot side rejected.

The Cyprus News Agency, in a news item based on the latest information from EU and UN circles, underlines that "Erdogan seems to leave the door open regarding the resumption of the negotiation process".

The agency reports that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has already had high-level contacts with the Turkish side and plans to have more. The aim is to announce the appointment of a UN special envoy to Cyprus in September after a joint meeting with Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The agency also reports that a senior UN official will visit Cyprus soon, perhaps in July.

The Cyprus issue was also discussed during Erdogan's bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Vilnius with European Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Erdogan's moves

According to the agency, Erdogan is interested in making immediate progress in EU-Turkey relations, especially on issues with an economic dimension, given the state of his country's economy. However, he was told that the course of EU-Turkey relations is linked to the Cyprus problem and how things move forward.

The sources underline that Erdogan seems to leave the door open for the resumption of talks. Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides has already been briefed on the meetings that officials had with Erdogan in Vilnius, and he will be briefed in more detail during private meetings in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday on the sidelines of the EU-Latin America and Caribbean Summit.

The diplomatic sources also note that the UN Security Council has issued a press statement on the Cyprus problem with references to the form of the solution and the appointment of an envoy, which was not originally planned due to the developments on the Cyprus issue.