Security Council urge sides in Cyprus to maintain the gains achieved at Crans-Montana

Members of the Security Council were briefed by UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide and Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar with the SC urging the sides in Cyprus to maintain the gains achieved at Crans-Montana.

After the two-hour closed session, the Chinese President of the SC, ambassador Liu Jieyi, flanked by Eide and Spehar, said the members of the Security Council praised the UN leadership at the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana and in particular the personal role of the Secretary General, his Special Advisor Eide and Special Representative Spehar who worked tirelessly to try to secure a deal.

Noting the Council members will continue to support their good offices, he said the members of the Council reaffirmed their continued commitment to supporting the two sides in their efforts to reach a comprehensive and durable Cyprus settlement based on relevant Security Council resolutions.

Liu said the members of the Security Council urged the sides to sustain their commitments to a settlement and maintain the gains achieved and reflect on the best way to restart the process.

Furthermore, he said the Security Council expresses its intentions to renewing the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping operation in Cyprus for a further six months.

The UN-backed talks that took place between June 28-July 7, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland ended inconclusively. Peace talks aim to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency