Greek Cypriot FM points to prospects for resumption of Cyprus talks

A new round of contacts by UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Jane Hol Lute will lead to an agreement on the terms of reference to the resumption of the Cyprus talks, the Cyprus Mail quoted Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides as saying on Sunday.

“We hope that Mrs Lute will soon return to Cyprus, and also meet the other interested parties to agree on terms that will lead to the immediate restarting of peace negotiations,”  Christodoulides said.

Cyprus has been split between a Greek Cypriot administration in the south, recognised internationally as the government of the whole island, and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot government in the north recognised by Turkey, following a Turkish invasion of the northern third of Cyprus in 1974.

Talks on reunifying the divided island broke down in July last year.

“Certainly from our side this is the clear aim and one of the messages that the president gave to Mrs Lute was that this should be achieved in the shortest time possible,” the Cyprus Mail quoted the Greek Cypriot foreign minister as saying.

Christodoulides added he wished “more than anyone to see the talks immediately restarted and I repeat that this was the message the president gave to Mrs Lute and I am obliged to say that there are prospects for the restart of negotiations”.

The UN secretary-general’s envoy, Jane Holl Lute, met with the leaders of the divided island of Cyprus earlier this month as part of an effort to restart talks for a solution.