UN Secretary-General expected to submit by 3 January 2023 report on his Good Offices in Cyprus

The UN Secretary-General is expected to submit by 3 January 2023 a report on his Good Offices, in particular on progress towards reaching a consensus starting point for meaningful results-oriented negotiations leading to a Cyprus settlement.

According to Resolution 2646 (2022) adopted by the Security Council on 28 July 2022 where the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces’ mandate was renewed until the end of 2022, the Security Council encourages the leaders of the two communities to provide written updates to the Good Offices Mission of the Secretary-General on the actions they have taken in support of the relevant parts of this resolution since its adoption, in particular with regard to paragraphs 5, 6, 7 and 8, with a view to reaching a sustainable and comprehensive settlement.

It further requested the Secretary-General to include the contents of these updates in his Good Offices report and to submit by 3 January 2023 a report on implementation of this resolution that provides integrated, evidence-based and data-driven analysis, strategic assessments and frank advice to the Security Council.

The discussion on the report is expected to take place in the third week of January where UNFICYP’s mandate will be renewed. The relevant resolution is expected to be approved by the end of January 2023.

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

Source: Cyprus News Agency