Lute expected to pay another visit to Cyprus at the end of January

Jane Holl Lute, the UN Secretary-General’s envoy, is expected to pay another visit to Cyprus at the end of this month, in order to continue deliberations for an agreement on the terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumption of settlement talks.

Asked by CNA about Lute’s expected date of arrival, Government Spokesman ProdromosProdromou said that according to her words, she is expected to come back again either in January or February.

Prodromou said moreover that the UN envoy would probably visit Cyprus at the end of January.

At the same time he reiterated that the President of Cyprus, NicosAnastasiades, is ready to engage in discussions on the terms of reference, in order to resume talks for a Cyprus settlement.

Jane Holl Lute visited Cyprus last month and met two times with President of Cyprus, NicosAnastasiades, on December 16 and 18, 2018, at the Presidential Palace, in Nicosia. She did not make any statements after the end of each meeting. The UN envoy also met with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, on December 17 and 18, before departing from Cyprus.

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