Security Council welcomes leaders’ meeting, stresses status quo is unsustainable

The members of the Security Council welcomed the meeting of the leaders of the two Cypriot communities that took place on 26 February and encouraged them to continue their efforts towards agreement and to reach convergences on the core issues, stressing that the status quo is unsustainable.

A statement issued on Wednesday, said the members of the Security Council welcomed the progress made by the two leaders on confidence- building measures, particularly their decisions regarding mobile phone interoperability and electricity interconnectivity to facilitate greater interaction between the two communities, as well as their decision on the clearance of 18 suspected hazardous areas with a view to working towards a mine-free Cyprus.

They recalled their resolution 2453 (2019) and encouraged the leaders to continue their efforts towards agreement on and implementation of new confidence building measures.

The Security Council members urged the sides and all involved participants to renew their political will and commitment to a settlement under United Nations auspices. The members of the Security Council further reiterated their call upon the two leaders to put their efforts expeditiously behind further work on reaching convergences on the core issues, stressing that the status quo is unsustainable.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their support for a Cypriot-led process and reaffirmed the primary role of the United Nations in assisting the parties to reach a settlement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency