GENEVA / CYPRUS EIDE

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On the third day of the United Nations-led talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders on the future of Cyprus, the UN Special Advisor on Cyprus said “we are on track” and “we have dealt with some of the most difficult issues.” UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / CYPRUS EIDE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 JANUARY 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Press Room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus:
“We are on track, we have dealt with some of the most difficult issues; we have touched upon almost all of them, we have solved many of them and we are close to resolving some other issues.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus:
“What is happening tomorrow is historic, whatever outcome it’s historic, because it’s the first time that the guarantor powers have actually met, will be coming to meet with the Cypriots to discuss the very contentious, traditionally very difficult issue of security and guarantees; basically the entire security set-up that will surround a settlement in Cyprus. And the discussion will start tomorrow, we do of course not believe it is over tomorrow but we are eager to see that it gets off to a good start.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus:
“I think we are roughly where we wanted to be at this stage, and that is thanks to one thing, it’s thanks to the determination and the will and the leadership of Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, who despite the many obstacles they have been facing and still are facing, are committed to solving this problem together.”
7. Wide shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Cyprus:
“Never before we’ve had an exchange of maps or a presentation of maps created by the Cypriot delegations themselves, because if you remember, as many of you do, the Annan plan times, the map, the final map or the different maps that led up the final map of the Annan file plan was proposed by the UN, not by the Cypriots themselves. This time, loyal to the principle that every, as I’ve been saying before, every sentence, every word, every comma is written by Cypriots, the maps that will be presented between the sides today, are maps that they have developed based on their conversations in Mont Pelerin and after.”
9. Med shot, journalists

STORYLINE:

On the third day of the United Nations-led talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders on the future of Cyprus, UN Special Advisor on Cyprus said “we are on track” and “we have dealt with some of the most difficult issues.”

Espen Barth Eide spoke to reporters in Geneva today (11 Jan) on the sidelines of the talks between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva.

Eide said “we are on track, we have dealt with some of the most difficult issues; we have touched upon almost all of them, we have solved many of them and we are close to resolving some other issues.”

Taking a break from the discussions, Eide said that delegations had “touched on all issues”, including matters of security and guarantees for any deal, as well as property claims and constitutional amendments.

He also said that he expected the Cypriot Greek and Cypriot Turkish delegations to present comprehensive maps to each other before the day was out – a first in a dispute dating back more than 40 years.

Eide credited Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci for their commitment to finding a solution over the last 18 months.

Previous efforts to reunite the island have foundered, but this time the process has been led by the Cypriots themselves, Eide said – with “every sentence, every word, every comma” written by the delegations meeting in Geneva.

The issue of land is key, Eide explained, he described it as a “big part of the trauma” that has affected Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots since the island split in 1974.
In another first, both sides are set to present their respective maps to each other before the three-day meeting comes to an end.

If all goes to plan, the draft maps will then be placed in a UN vault and pored over by cartographers from the two delegations, who will then produce a final map for a unified Cyprus.

The so-called guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – are set to arrive in Geneva on Thursday (12 Jan) to discuss their part in any future agreement, along with high-level representatives from the European Union.
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