Germany supports meaningful efforts for a Cyprus settlement and CBMs

A senior German diplomat expressed Berlin’s support to meaningful efforts for a Cyprus settlement, during a meeting at the German capital with Elizabeth Spehar, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus. Ambassador Susanne Baumann also said that Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) are crucial and noted German support to the “Imagine Plus” project.

Speaking to CNA, UNFICYP Spokesperson Aleem Siddique said that Spehar is in Berlin to attend a conference the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is holding for Special Representatives, in order to talk about his peace and security agenda.

They will also mark International Day of UN Peacekeepers, which is being commemorated on the 29th of May, Siddique added. He said moreover that Spehar also met with a senior diplomat at the German Foreign Ministry and welcomed Berlin’s support to Imagine Plus project.

Ambassador Susanne Baumann, Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control and DG for International Order, the UN and Arms Control at the German Foreign Ministry posted a message on twitter, welcoming Spehar to Berlin.

She wrote, moreover, that Germany supports meaningful and determined efforts for a political solution of the Cyprus issue, adding that CBMs are crucial. That’s why Germany supports the “Imagine Plus” project to advance peace education and exchange between communities, Baumann concluded.

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