DiCarlo briefs Security Council on Guterres’ report about his good offices mission for Cyprus

Unofficial deliberations on the UN Secretary Generals latest report on his good offices mission for Cyprus have begun at the UN Security Council. The members of the Council will be briefed by UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo,

After the conclusion of the meeting, a press statement is expected to be issued by the Chairman of the Council Sacha, Sergio Llorentty Soliz, who will express the Councils support to the Secretary Generals and his envoys, Jane Holl Lute, efforts.

No statements are expected by Di Carlo.

Proceeding to the meeting, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Jonathan Allen noted that this will be the first discussion by the Council since the Secretary-General issued his report and that the UK welcomes that report and in particular the Secretary-Generals intention to ask Jane Holl Lute to carry on her consultations, to try and find greater consensus between the sides.

“And we ask all sides to engage constructively with Jane Holl Lute as indeed the UK will as one of the guarantor powers in Cyprus. We remain firmly of the view that we need to see a settlement of the Cyprus question. It needs to be comprehensive. It needs to be, of course, mutually acceptable and durable and it needs to be based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, as Security Council resolutions have made clear for a number of years,” Allen said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency