UNSG’s envoy arrives to Cyprus to hold meetings with the leaders

UN Secretary General’s envoy, Jane Hall Lute, who is arriving late on Tuesday to Cyprus, will hold separate meetings on Wednesday with Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

CNA has learned that Lute will visit the two leaders by herself, without being accompanied by an aide or any other UN official.

In the morning, Lute will hold a meeting with the UNSG’s Deputy Special Adviser and Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar and the UN good offices mission team to be briefed in detail on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem, especially in view of the leaders’ meeting last Friday, about which she has already been updated over the phone.

Lute will meet with Anastasiades at 1130 local time (0930 GMT) and with Akinci at 1600. she is not expected to make any statements after her meetings.

The UN official will leave Cyprus early on Thursday morning for New York.

In his recent report on his good offices mission, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that Lute will continue discussions to gauge the true extent of convergence on key issues and the willingness of the sides to incorporate novel proposals as part of an overall solution toward a common future that they themselves can envisage.

Invited to say what his expectations from his meeting with Lute are, President Anastasiades said on Sunday that this will be an exploratory mission, noting that we do not expect she will bring concrete ideas.

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