Parties in Cyprus need to assess what happened in Crans-Montana and where to go next, says Britain

Britain has said that it is very important for a period of reflection on Cyprus and the “parties to assess what has happened and where to go next, noting the UK, absolutely remains committed to a settlement of the Cyprus issue.”

The remarks on Cyprus were made to the press by Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Rycroft said the talks in Crans-Montana, were a very significant step forward but sadly not enough to get a settlement.

He paid tribute to the work of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who went to Crans-Montana twice where the first time he created some momentum with setting out the landing zone, the set of principles and positions that might be a good package for the parties to agree and then he went back in the end-game of the negotiations, sadly, couldnt push this over the line but got very close.

If anyone could have done it, it would have been him, said Rycroft.

The British diplomat said it is very important that there is now this period of reflection and that the parties assess what has happened and where to go next, noting the UK, absolutely remains committed to a settlement of the Cyprus issue and we’ll be talking to our colleagues on the Security Council about how that might best be pursued.

He also said that they need to look at UNFICYP, the UN peacekeeping mission that is based in Cyprus, and there is a mandate renewal coming up for that.

Asked if the UN conference could be reopened, Rycroft said that it could be at some point. I think It would not be reopened and resumed imminently because there’s no evidence there would be any change of result. But at some point the parties are going to need to come back on the basis of the Security Council resolutions on the issue, and I think the UN Secretary-General has made clear and will continue to make clear that his good offices are available for that.

Replying to a question as to how will the Security Council resolution reflect on UNFICYP’s mandate, Rycroft said he is very confident there will be an agreed view of the Security Council by the time we need to adopt the mandate.

Source: Cyprus News Agency