Spehar says important weeks ahead are anticipated

UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, has described as quite important the weeks ahead as the two sides on the island are gearing towards the arrival of Jane Hall Lute.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting today with President Nicos Anastasiades and officials at the Presidential Palace, Spehar, said “they spoke about the upcoming Security Council session and also about the upcoming consultations that will be undertaken on behalf of the SG by Jane Hall Lute.

And so we will be preparing for some quite important weeks ahead, she remarked.

She recalled that Lute has been designated by the SG to conduct consultations in order to see what the outcome of the reflection of the parties is with respect to what happened in Crans Montana, the past negotiation process and their views on the possible way ahead.

Asked if the SG will take a decision on how to move ahead and when, Spehar advised that we have to take one step at a time.

She said Lute will first come to the island and speak with the two leaders and then with the other parties and see what the outcome of their reflection is and then she will be reporting back to the SG. And then of course it will be up to the SG to see what the next step will be.

Asked about any mobility in September (due to the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting), Spehar replied we really don’t have an idea of a timeline now, I can tell you that Ms Lute is preparing to come to Cyprus soon, within this month and then we will take it from there. She also said that she hopes to meet her when she is in New York next week, but will certainly will be speaking to her in the coming period.

Spehar’s is due to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

The latest round of UN-peace talks, last year, at the Swiss resort of Crans – Montana ended without an agreement. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency