Cyprus Peace Process Roundup

After lengthy dispute, Cyprus talks to restart next week: “The UN secretary-general’s special adviser for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide on has announced that the Cyprus Talks will resume following consultations with both sides of the Greek and Turkish communities of Cyprus. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here that the resumption of the peace talks was announced after a meeting of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. “The leaders will resume negotiations on April 11, and the meeting will be held under the auspices of Mr. Eide,” Dujarric said.” [Famagusta Gazette]

Government in Cyprus will continue its hydrocarbons policy, Foreign Ministry stresses: “The Government of Cyprus has reaffirmed its determination to continue its policy in the field of hydrocarbons thus fully exercising its sovereignty and sovereign rights in total respect of international and European law, after Turkey`s threat that it will not allow hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation in areas under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Cyprus. “With reference to the press release, No: 105, issued by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 6 April 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus would like, once again, to reaffirm the determination of the Government of the Republic to continue its policy in the field of hydrocarbons thus fully exercising its sovereignty and sovereign rights in total respect of international and European law” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, said in a press release.” [Famagusta Gazette]

More remains unearthed in hunt for missing in Cyprus: “The remains of four missing persons, believed to belong to Greek Cypriots, have been found north of lake Galateia in the northern Turkish occupied are of Karpas peninsula. The Greek Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) Nestoras Nestoros has told CNA that this number may increase. He also pointed out that this result was achieved through the cooperation of his office with the office of the Turkish Cypriot representative to the CMP, Gülden Plumer Kücük. Nestoros explained that there were excavations in the past in that area and they had found bones, but now they had information about burial sites elsewhere. “Applying this information jointly and using new modern technology we had a successful outcome,” he added.” [Famagusta Gazette]