UN envoy, EU rapporteur in Cyprus for talks

A senior United Nations (UN) envoy will visit Cyprus later on Monday while a European rapporteur arrived in the Turkish Cypriot state on Monday to hold talks with authorities.

UN envoy, EU rapporteur in Cyprus for talks
A senior United Nations (UN) envoy will visit Cyprus later on Monday.

Lynn Pascoe, the UN under-secretary general for political affairs, will arrive in the island this evening.

Pascoe will have separate talks with President Mehmet Ali Talat of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias on Tuesday.

The UN under-secretary will take up the endeavors of the technical committees and working groups set up in the island, and discuss resumption of direct negotiations between the two parties.

Turkish and Greek Cypriot parties set up technical committees and working groups under an agreement reached by Talat and Christofias on March 21st in order to lead the way for substantial talks to reunify the island.

The working groups are dealing with Cyprus problem, whereas technical committees are discussing daily matters.

The working groups handle administration and share of power, European Union (EU) issues, security and guarantees, territory, property and economic issues.

The technical committees focus on issues regarding crime, economic and commercial issues, cultural heritage, crisis management, humanitarian issues, health and environment.

European rapporteur

At the same time, a European rapporteur arrived in the Turkish Cypriot state on Monday to hold talks with authorities.

Joachim Horster, a rapporteur of the Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for Cyprus, will meet state and government officials and representatives of non-governmental organizations in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat will receive Horster, whereas the rapporteur will have meetings with Parliament Speaker Fatma Ekenoglu, Prime Minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer and Foreign Minister Turgay Avci.

The German rapporteur will also meet the chairman of the main opposition party.

Horster will hold talks in the Greek Cypriot administration on Tuesday, and is expected to present a report to the PACE plenary session in October.

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