The UNSG’s parametres should be included in the terms of reference, Government Spokesman says

The Greek Cypriot side’s position is that the six parametres, proposed by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as a single framework, should be included in the terms of reference that will allow the resumption of the negotiations for an overall settlement of the Cyprus issue, said Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou.

He was referring to a claim made by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci last week and was repeated on Wednesday that the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus did not hold a meeting in Crans Montana on the 4th July 2017.

The Spokesman referred to a story which was sent by the Cyprus News Agency on the date noting there is also a photograph attached to it and anyone can find the story, http://www.cna.org.cy/webnews.aspx?a=153485f1041c4d27a20490195b39dcaf

Because the issue at stake is putting together terms of reference in order to resume the negotiations and therefore the Guterres Framework which was discussed at that meeting in Crans Montana on the 4th July 2017, we must make it clear that inaccurate claims do not contribute whatsoever to the desired objective, he said.

The position of the Greek Cypriot side, he noted, “is that the six parameters as proposed by Secretary General Antonio Guterres as a single framework should be included in the Terms of Reference, which will allow the resumption of negotiations for an overall solution, including the very crucial dimension of security.

For this very reason, he said, the clarifications given by the United Nations at that meeting on July 4 are an integral part of the parameters proposed by the Secretary General. on 30 June 2017.

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