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EU, UN officials to visit Cyprus in coming days ahead of informal summit

EU and UN officials are expected to Cyprus in the coming days ahead of the UN-brokered informal summit on Cyprus to take place between April 27-29 in Geneva.

The officials to visit the divided island will also focus on the European Council summit in mid-March, during which EU leaders will discuss Turkey`s European course.

EU High Representative Josep Borrell and UNSG`s special envoy Jane Holl Lute are Cyprus this week, while Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will hold a teleconference on Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Main topics of discussion will be the Cyprus issue and the upcoming informal conference on Cyprus and preparation for a successful prospect of finding common ground to resume reunification talks, as requested by the UN Secretary-General.

On Friday, Borrell will be in Cyprus to meet with the President as well as with Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.

During his visit, the EU High Representative will also meet with the Turkish Cypriot leader.

The focus of the discussion will be the informal conference on Cyprus and how the EU will contribute to its success, since the EU wants and can contribute.

On Sunday, UNSG`s envoy Jane Holl Lute arrives in Cyprus to be received in the morning by President Anastasiades. She will also meet with the Turkish Cypriot leader to prepare the informal meeting.

Recent visits by other foreign officials in Cyprus included the Greek Prime Minister, the British Foreign Secretary, the European Council, the President of the European Commission, the French President.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results.

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