UN dismiss press reports about abolishing RoC as “groundless and fundamentally wrong”

Todays speculation that the UN is proposing in the common document on security and guarantees “a new Treaty of Establishment which would abolish the Republic of Cyprus is groundless and fundamentally wrong,” UN Spokesperson in Cyprus Aleem Siddique has told CNA.

He added that “the document is based on inputs from all participants and is solely aimed at guiding the discussion on security and guarantees in Crans-Montana” where the Conference on Cyprus will reconvene on June 28.

Siddique was invited to comment on press reports in the Greek language daily Phileleftheros according to which the common document on security and guarantees, currently being drafted by the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, is based on the concept of abolishing the Republic of Cyprus through a new treaty which will be agreed.

The UN spokesperson said that “while the purpose of the document is to ensure a results oriented discussion, it does not make any proposal on concrete outcomes, as per agreement with all sides.”

“The negotiations will take place in Crans-Montana, not before,” he concluded.

The Conference on Cyprus will reconvene at the political level, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The Conference will take place with the participation of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, as well as Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.

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