UN urges the parties in Cyprus to resume negotiations

A UN Secretary General Spokesman stressed Friday the need for the parties in Cyprus to come back to the negotiating table, during a regular media briefing at the UN headquarters in New York.

Invited to comment on statements of a spokesperson of the Turkish foreign ministry that is not possible to reach a federal solution in Cyprus, Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said that the UN would not respond to all of the rhetoric from different officials.

Regarding these quotes, were not going to respond to all of the rhetoric from different officials, but what we have made clear is the need for the parties to come back to the table, and were trying to see what can be done to bring them back, he said.

Asked if Jane Holl Lute would be the temporary UN Secretary-General envoy in Cyprus he said that theres nothing to announce about any visits and theres certainly no appointment of a special envoy to announce.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-peace talks 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