UN Envoy in Shuttle Diplomacy for Cyprus Talks “Final Phase”

U.N. Special Advisor of the Secretary-General Espen Barth Eide waves the media as he leaves the presidential palace after a meeting with Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA (AP) — A United Nations envoy is shuttling between the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus to clinch agreement on holding a summit in Geneva where it’s hoped the final act of two years of reunification talks will be played out.

Espen Barth Eide said after talks Thursday with the island’s President Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci that both men are ready for a “final phase” of talks.

But he said more work needs to be done on some “outstanding issues” that need to be cleared up before a summit can take place.

Anastasiades said he’s pitched a proposal paving a way to a summit. But he decried what he said was a bid to foist responsibility for a possible failure on his shoulders.