Jane Holl Lute is expected on Tuesday, barring any unforeseen circumstances, to be named the next special UN envoy to Cyprus, signaling the start of a new effort that could lead to peace talks.
According to CNA sources, Turkey gave the nod on Monday evening for the United Nations to move forward with assigning a special envoy for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Lute, a seasoned diplomat and former US Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, is expected to follow in the footsteps of Norwegian diplomat-turned-politician Espen Barth Eide, who was the latest go-between for the two Cypriot leaders and the UN up until the collapse of talks in July 2017.
Guterres’s Deputy Special Adviser Elizabeth Spehar, who will visit New York next week, is expected to meet with Lute.
The two women will discuss possible dates for a Cyprus visit, with late July being most likely according to Kathimerini.
Lute is expected to hold meetings in Ankara, Athens, and London as it has been customary among her predecessors.