I got word from a senior UN source following newspaper reports on Wednesday suggesting that UN envoy Espen Barth Eide is pursuing a “personal agenda” on the Cyprob, and that this is not unrelated to political developments in Norway, where there will be a general election in September.
I was told, in no uncertain terms, that Eide is absolutely not running for prime minister and that, if he were, he would not be hanging around in Cyprus.
As for the talk going around of arbitration—the great Greek Cypriot taboo since the Annan Plan period—it is worth remembering that it was President Anastasiades himself who said in an interview that the UN could do better, and that a new methodology was needed.
It is possible that the UN responded to his concerns by putting forward some methodology ideas that Anastasiades’ team did not like. But I know that the UN is also allergic to arbitration, after getting eaten alive over the Annan...