UNSG travels to Switzerland to attend Conference on Cyprus

United Nations Secretary-General will depart from New York this evening to travel to Switzerland to attend the Conference on Cyprus on Thursday, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said on Wednesday at the UN Headquarters.

Tomorrow, Thursday, 6 July, Guteres will attend the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana, Dujarric, noted.

Responding to questions by journalists, Dujarric said that “the SG feels that his presence in the talks will opportune tomorrow,” noting that there has been a number of calls from the parties which called him to return.

The UNSGs spokesperson said that it would dangerous for him to make any sort of predictions at this point. “The SG felt that it was a good time for him to return to the talks and he will be there tomorrow,” he noted.

The Conference on Cyprus, which addresses the crucial issue of security and guarantees, reconvened under the UN auspices in Crans – Montana on June 28, with the participation of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the three guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and the UK- and the EU as an observer.

Anastasiades and Akinci hold in parallel negotiations, under the UN-auspices, on the internal aspects of the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

The aim of the talks is to reach a comprehensive settlement that will reunite Cyprus, an EU member state since 2004, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency