Constant consultations underway on possible appointment of a UNSG envoy, a reliable source tells CNA

There are constant consultations on the possible appointment of an envoy by the UN Secretary General who would hold meetings with the two leaders in Cyprus and others involved in the Cyprus issue, a reliable source has told CNA.

The same source said that during last nights dinner, hosted by the UNSGs Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci conveyed the message that they would welcome the dispatch of such an envoy.

Asked if the Greek Cypriot side has been informed about the possibility of the appointment of UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo to this post, the same source gave a negative reply.

Responding to another question, it said that last night the two leaders discussed except from the opening of new crossing points other issues which are currently on the agenda of the bicommunal Technical Committees. They made an evaluation but did not take any concrete decisions, it added.

With regard to these issues, the source noted that there are many projects under implementation by the Technical Committees in the fields of cultural heritage, education, health, the environment etc.

Meanwhile Spehar was expected to brief on Tuesday the UNSG on last nights dinner which she attended as well. CNA has learned that Spehar is not currently planning a trip to New York, for meetings at the UN headquarters.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated UN-led round of negotiations have yet to lead to an agreement which would reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency