Government hopes Lute will find ground to begin consultations for an agreement on the terms of reference

Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou expressed on Thursday the governments expectation that UNSGs envoy Jane Holl Lute will find suitable ground to begin consultations in order to agree and finalise the terms of reference so that the Cyprus negotiations can be held in the best possible way and in an effective manner.

Replying to questions after a Cabinet meeting, Prodromou said that during her meeting with the President of Cyprus on Wednesday, the UNSGs envoy conveyed Antonio Guterres’ position that there should be an agreement on the terms of reference for the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations.

He pointed out that “the Presidents response is positive, he welcomes the UNSGs position and we expect that in the near future we will have the opportunity to discuss and agree on these terms of reference because our aim is to resume negotiations as soon as possible.”

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