NICOSIA – With sputtering Cyprus unity talks – resumed after they collapsed – now on the verge of falling apart again despite constantly optimistic predictions, the United Nations said it will keep using rival leaders to finally find an answer.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are set for another crucial meeting on May 17 that could determine whether they will return to Geneva, Switzerland for another summit series after being unable to come to terms over major issues blocking a deal as they have since Turkey unlawfully invaded and seized the northern third of the island in 1974.
This time the tension is over Turkish plans to violate Cypriot waters where international companies are searching for energy as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered in a research vessel.
Akinci is pushing for a conference well before drilling begins in July while Anastasiades says he is not opposed but needs more preparation, the Cyprus Mail said
UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide has reportedly told the leaders either they agree to an international conference or the whole process will be deemed a failure but that the UN won’t give up even it is.