Lute conveys to President Anastasiades UNSG’s wish to move forward with a Cyprus settlement

Jane Holl Lute, the UN Envoy for Cyprus, conveyed to President Anastasiades the wish of the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to move forward with the process for a Cyprus settlement, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told CNA. He added that the President of Cyprus reiterated his readiness to resume talks, during a telephone conversation with Lute on Wednesday.

In a Twitter post, President Anastasiades wrote yesterday that they agreed with Lute that she will visit Cyprus in around three weeks, in order to continue the effort.

The UN official is expected to continue her effort to reach an agreement on the terms of reference, leading to the resumption of Cyprus talks. On her way to Cyprus, Lute might also have contacts with the guarantor powers.

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

Source: Cyprus News Agency