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Cyprus Peace Process Roundup

Saturday, July 4, 2015  | 

This week, UN Special Envoy for Cyprus released the following statement highlighting progress in the Cyprus peace process negotiations:

Substantive negotiations between the leaders of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities are continuing amid “a positive and results-oriented atmosphere,” the United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, has confirmed. […]

On the topic of confidence building measures, the statement read, both leaders “took stock of the work done to implement already agreed confidence building measures” and also exchanged views on the economic prospects that would arise from a solution.

05-28-2015Cyprus-2Meanwhile, during a debate in the House of Lords, the UK reiterated that it will give back some of the land currently used for UK military bases to a united Cyprus:

Asked whether the offer initially made over ten years ago is still on the table, the Earl of Courtown Lord Stopford representing the government said: “The Foreign Secretary confirmed to Parliament on 1st June this year that the UK has made this generous offer that as part of a proper comprehensive settlement, we will surrender nearly half of the land mass of the SBA territories.”

According to Cyprus Mail:

[C]iting unnamed government sources, Turkish daily Hurriyet yesterday reported that a second simultaneous referendum on Cypriot reunification could take place in early 2016.

“We are at the threshold of an important development,” said the source, who asked not to be named. “The two leaders have started to get into substantial issues. They are proceeding well and we hope the process will accelerate in the fall. There might be a new referendum in the early months of 2016, depending on the developments.”

The next negotiation meeting between negotiators is set for Monday and one between leaders is reportedly set for Friday, July 10th.

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