Not the time for ‘blame game,’ urges UN Special Advisor on Cyprus

Speaking to the media following his briefing to the United Nations Security Council, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, urged all sides to work collectively and to build on the achievements thus far.

Not the time to engage in a blame game. There is more than enough of that going around, said Mr. Eide, speaking to the media at a press stakeout.

We have to admit that there was a collective failure at stitching together a deal in Crans-Montana, he added, noting the location of the most recent talks.

Recalling UN efforts there, including those by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Mr. Eide said that only once all issues on the table are settled, could it be said that a deal concerning the island has been reached.

In his remarks, the Special Adviser also highlighted that the UN would always remain available and at the disposal of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to facilitate the process and noted that the talks are led by the leaders and owned by them.

Referring to the Secretary-General’s report concerning Cyprus, Mr. Eide said: We hope [the leaders] will not jump to conclusions [and that] they reflect seriously on what can be done now, after the Conference on Cyprus failed.

Source: UN News Centre