UN’s Cyprus envoy in Ankara for key talks

A senior United Nations official for Cyprus held meetings in Ankara with Turkish officials on Aug. 13 amid cautious optimism about a possible deal to reunify the island.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special advisor on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, paid a one-day visit to Turkey to hold extensive talks with senior Turkish Foreign Ministry officials, including Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Eide and Çavuşoğlu exchanged views on ongoing negotiations between Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders, Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades, under U.N. mediation. The two men reviewed the phase of negotiations and evaluated the point the two sides have arrived on partnership talks.

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