By Michalis Michael
The meeting of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, with the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, responsible for peacekeeping operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will be held today, at 11:00. The meeting will be held at the President’s residence in Limassol.
Mr Lacroix arrived in Cyprus on 23 July as part of the regular contacts with the peacekeeping missions. He will have a meeting with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Elizabeth Spehar, as well as with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.
The UN high-ranking official will depart from the island on 25 July 25. He visits Cyprus as part of a tour of the region for contacts with peacekeeping operations, and will also visit Lebanon for contacts with the UNIFIL peacekeeping mission. Yesterday, Deputy Secretary General, Farhan Haq, referred to Lacroix’s contacts saying he will meet with the leaders of both communities, as well as with Civil Society and community representatives.
He also said he would have meetings with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus and with the United Nations peacekeeping personnel in Cyprus. In addition, he will visit important locations where the UN mission is deployed along the buffer zone.
Asked if he is expected to discuss the issue of illegal Turkish drilling and the continuing influx of Turkish settlers into the occupied areas in recent years, Mr Haq said he can not speak in advance before Mr Lacroix’s meetings. He pointed out that, as he mentioned earlier, during his stay in Cyprus he will meet with the head of the Peace Force with whom he will discuss a wide range of issues and will have other meetings with other parties. He also noted that the United Nations will provide more information after the meetings are concluded./ibna