A Cyprus settlement will require tough choices and compromises British High Commission says

The United Kingdom believes that a Cyprus settlement will require tough choices and compromises.

A statement from the British High Commission on latest UN Secretary General report on progress towards a settlement in Cyprus said that with real political will, an agreement remains within reach.

The statement said we welcome the latest report of the UN Secretary-General on progress towards a settlement in Cyprus, in particular the announcement that the UN intends to conduct consultations with the parties to determine whether a sufficient basis for the resumption of talks exists.

It further added that the UK is a strong supporter of a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the Cyprus issue, based on the internationally accepted model of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.

A settlement, it added, will require tough choices and compromises. But with real political will, we judge an agreement remains within reach, building on the progress made at Crans Montana, to the benefit to all Cypriots and the wider region.

Concluding, the British High Commission said it hopes that men and women from all sides will engage meaningfully with the UN consultations in the coming weeks and months towards that end.

According to the advance copy of the Report of the Secretary-General on progress towards a settlement in Cyprus for the information of the members of the Security Council, the UNSG said that I believe there is still scope for the sides to act responsibly and decisively in order to chart a common way forward for the island.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. A UN-backed Conference on Cyprus last summer in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana, aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof, ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency