Tension between the two sides over allegations that the U.N. imposed media blackout had been breached seems to have subsided for now...
On the sixth day of the Geneva talks, Germany and Britain have stepped in to help find a solution in the Cyprus talks. British Special Envoy for Cyprus Sir David Hannay and Germanys ambassador to Nicosia, Peter Witten, are in Geneva for talks with President Denktaş, Greek Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides and De Soto. No announcement has been made about the content of the discussions. Experts on Cyprus from the U.S. are also expected to arrive in Geneva during the next few days.
Meanwhile, Greece yesterday failed in a bid to have the European Union make a formal announcement on the status of Cyprus. Ahead of the visit to Turkey of Günther Verheugen, the EU commissioner responsible for enlargement, Greek Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreu raised the Cyprus issue and Turkeys partnership of association with the EU in a meeting on Monday with Verheugen.
Papandreu later held talks with British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, requesting that the EU statement on Cyprus include a reference to the U.N. Security Council resolutions on Cyprus. In response to the Greek foreign ministers call, Cook said that they should avoid making statements that could adversely affect the ongoing Cyprus talks.