Draft transcript of the remarks by the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser, Mr E. B. Eide, after meeting with the President of the Republic
Yesterday and today, I have met with the two leaders, with Mr Akinci and, today, with Mr Anastasiades. These are two leaders, who tell me that they are seriously dedicated and committed to solving the Cyprus problem, that they are ready to resume negotiations without delay, and they both in almost exactly the same words that this is the moment, it’s a unique opportunity and there is not time to waste. So, I am very encouraged by the climate that has been created over the last weeks and months here and I think this is an opportunity that Cypriots must take.
I want to reiterate here, as I said yesterday, that this is a Cypriot owned process, it should be leader-led, it matters to all people in Cyprus and the international community, but it is owned here. I, as the Special Advisor of the Secretary-General and my UN team is here to help, facilitate and support, but it’s not our process, it is a process that is owned and led by the leaders and having two leaders who know each other who are ready to meet, as you are aware I have invited them to a dinner on Monday the 11th and from there on we will decide when –not if-, but when negotiations will formally start and I think that we are talking about relatively soon and from then on, I think we are into a very important moment of Cyprus history. - 05.05.2015