UN Special Advisor of the Secretary General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, said in Geneva on Monday that Cyprus reunification talks will be "difficult" but "possible," as leaders of the ethnically divided country kicked off a three-day summit that aims to bring together the east Mediterranean island.
SOT, Espen Barth Eide, UN Special Advisor of the Secretary General on Cyprus (English): "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 the specific date because it's open ended in the sense that the conference on the 12th starts, on the 12th we haven't said when it ended. But we are now in broad sense in this moment of truth."
SOT, Espen Barth Eide, UN Special Advisor of the Secretary General on Cyprus (English): "My very strong sense is the following: this is going to be difficult and it is possible. It's going to be difficult because obviously even if the majority of issues have been solved in all chapters, it's 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 these kind of talks."
SOT, Espen Barth Eide, UN Special Advisor of the Secretary General on Cyprus (English): "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 a conflicted 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."
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