UN assured us in writing that the common document will be ready before the Conference, Deputy Spokesman tells CNA

Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos has told CNA that the Greek Cypriot side has been assured by the UN in writing that that common document that will guide the discussions on security and guarantees will be ready before the Conference on Cyprus that will reconvene in Geneva on June 28.

Invited to say what will happen in case the document is not ready before the Conference, Papadopoulos said that “then we will not be able to go to Geneva.”

The UN announced on Friday that the Conference on Cyprus will reconvene in Geneva on June 28 at the political level, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Asked about the common document on security and guarantees, Papadopoulos said that “the date for the Conference has been set and the document must be prepared before this date, as was agreed at the meeting which the UNSG had in New York with the President of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot leader”.

The Secretary General had said in a statement after the meeting that his Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide would engage with all participants in the preparation of a common document to guide the discussions on security and guarantees, based on the outcome of the meetings of the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva and Mont Pelerin.

Asked why the Greek Cypriot side has given its consent to set a date for the Conference even though the document is not ready, Papadopoulos said that “this is because we have received a written assurance from the UN that the common document will be ready before June 28.”

Papadopoulos also noted that Eide has had telephone conversations with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side Andreas Mavroyiannis.

Meanwhile UN spokesperson in Cyprus Aleem Siddique told CNA that Eide “is in constant contact with all participants (of the Conference) on an almost daily basis as preparations for the Conference on Cyprus continue to make good progress.”

The UNSGs spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Friday that “the Conference on Cyprus will reconvene at the political level under the auspices of the Secretary-General, with the participation of Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akinci, as well as Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.”

“In line with the statement issued following the meeting of the Secretary-General with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akinci, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, in New York on 4 June, and following consultations with all participants, the Conference on Cyprus will reconvene in Geneva on 28 June 2017,” Dujarric said in his statement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency