UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the interview

UN Secretary General prepares for talks on Cyprus


UN Secretary General Antoniu Guterres promised to explore the possibility of holding a five-way meeting on the Cyprus settlement with the participation of the guarantors of independence, territorial integrity and security of Cyprus (Great Britain, Greece and Turkey) in order to determine the agenda of a new round of intercommunal negotiations to resolve the problem of a divided island.  This is stated in his statement, distributed at the end of a joint meeting with President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, which was held on Monday in Berlin.

“I agreed to intensify my efforts to reach an agreement on defining a range of issues that would serve as a starting point for reaching consensus on phased, constructive and result-oriented negotiations at the earliest opportunity. In this regard, I committed myself to study together  with the leader of the Turkish Cypriots and the leader of the Greek Cypriots, as well as with the guarantor powers, the possibility of convening an informal meeting in the format of “five plus UN” at the appropriate stage, “the statement says  laziness of Guterres.  At the same time, the head of the UN noted: the parties expect that the upcoming meeting will turn out differently than the previous five-party talks in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana in 2017, which ended in failure and permanently suspended the intercommunal dialogue.

According to the UN Secretary General, the Berlin consultations with the leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities of the island were “focused and frank.”  Guterrish said that both Anastasiadis and Akındzhi “reaffirmed their commitment and determination to reach a settlement on the basis of a two-zone, two-communal federation with political equality, as set out in relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”

He added that the island’s community leaders are “motivated by a sense of urgency” to resolve the Cyprus problem and agree that reaching a comprehensive and lasting settlement in the foreseeable future “is of utmost importance for the future well-being of both communities.”  According to Guterres, Anastasiadis and Akındzhi also stated that further preservation of the current state of affairs on the island would contribute to the instability of the situation.

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