Eide sees enormous opportunities in 2015

The UN Secretary-General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide sees enormous opportunities in 2015, saying there will be social, economic and political benefits in a reunified Cyprus.

Addressing a reception at the Ledra Palace in the UN-controlled buffer zone on Wednesday, Eide said: “we are looking forward to a very important 2015, bordering on the decisive year, because we are seeing there are enormous opportunities. If we are able to overcome the long standing difficulties in the Cyprus problem, we will be able to reap the benefits, social, economic, political moving towards a unified solution”, he added.

Commenting on the hydrocarbons, Eide said: “it is very important that we manage this in the proper way and the communities in Cyprus seize the shared opportunities of getting over the current impasse in a way which is compatible with the starting points of both communities but also in a way where we are able to move ahead and work on these issues jointly and together. My job is to help you move ahead, to help you find your solution”, he said, adding that “despite the divisions in Cyprus, there is still a strong international commitment to support the two communities move ahead”. 

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