GENEVA / CYPRUS PRESSER

09-Jan-2017 00:02:24
As Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders arrived in Geneva to resume talks Monday, the UN special advisor to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, said “a moment of truth” had been reached for the long-divided Mediterranean island. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / CYPRUS PRESSER
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 9 JANUARY 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, United Nations:
“We are now in the final moment, we are now really at the moment of truth. This is where we actually will find out if this can be solved, I am not saying on a specific date, because it is open ended in the sense that the conference on the 12 starts. On the 12th we haven’t said when it ended, but we are now in a broad sense in this moment of truth.”
4. Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, United Nations:
“My very strong sense is the following: This is going to be difficult, and it is possible. It is going to be difficult because obviously – even if the majority of issues have been solved in all chapters – it is not the easiest questions that we have left till the end. As normal, it is some of the most complicated or most emotional issues that we have left to the end. And this is the nature of this kind of talks.”
6. Close up, security
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, United Nations:
“If it succeeds, I think this is historic for the Cypriots, they have been trying for more than several generations to solve this problem of a divided island. But I also think it would send a very strong signal to the conflictive world and a region in which we see many wars and many things breaking apart. If we could find one place where things just came together.”
8. Wide shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, United Nations:
“To be frank, we have been stuck on some issues which are large and small, depending on how you see them and particularly, and this is well known to the Cypriotes in the room, the issue of how to define the concept of emotional link and a couple of other issues which I will not say in detail, but we are inside a broader understanding which was established quickly.”
10. Med shot, journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, United Nations:
“The security guarantees chapter has to be opened, what I was saying is not whether we will have a conference on the 12th, it is the quality of conference and how much can we get down depends on ow well the two leaders and I do in this talks so far.”
12. Wide shot, podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Espen Barth Eide, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, United Nations:
“Sometimes you need a clock to tick in order to know that later suddenly became now, and when you realise that later is now, certainly certain dynamic come out of that.”
14. Pan right, presser
STORYLINE
As Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders arrived in Geneva to resume talks Monday (9 Jan), the United Nation's (UN) special sdvisor to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, said “a moment of truth” had been reached for the long-divided Mediterranean island.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, he said "we are now in the final moment, we are now really at the moment of truth, " adding that "this is where we actually will find out if this can be solved.”

The division between Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities has one of the longest-running diplomatic problems on the United Nations agenda.

The Greek Cypriot leader, Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akýncý, with their respective delegations, are working to arrive at a negotiated solution. Talks are slated for 9 to 11 January at the UN's European headquarters at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

A Conference on Cyprus will be convened from Thursday the 12th of January, with participation from Turkey, Greece, and the United Kingdom -- the so-called "guarantor powers." The Special Advisor did not indicate an end date for the process. He said “I am not saying on a specific date, because it is open ended in the sense that the conference on the 12, starts. On the 12th. We haven’t said when it ended, but we are now in a broad sense in this moment of truth."

Recently elected UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who is expected to attend the conference on Thursday, has described the talks as a "historic opportunity" for a breakthrough. The aim is to create a united, federated state of Cyprus where power is shared by the two communities.

Eide told reporters “my very strong sense is the following: it is going to be difficult because obviously – even if the majority of issues have been solved in all chapters – it is not the easiest questions that we have left till the end." He added "as normal, it is some of the most complicated or most emotional issues that we have left to the end. And this is the nature of this kind of talks.”
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