UNSG’s Spokesperson refers to decision to resume UN Cyprus peace talks

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday referred to the resumption of the UN backed talks next week between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.

He said the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, announced today that the Cyprus Talks will resume following consultations with both sides (the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides) and the Secretary-General’s meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

He added that the two leaders (Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Akinci) will resume negotiations on 11 April, and the meeting will be held under the auspices of Eide.

Dujarric also said that Guterres met with Akinci on Tuesday but did not elaborate further.

The UN announced on Tuesday afternoon that the negotiations for a comprehensive settlement will resume on April 11 after a lull since mid February when Akinci walked out of a meeting, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

President Anastasiades had described the decision “wrong”, saying the timing was not right. Akinci said he would not return to the negotiations unless the decision is revoked. The House is set to vote on an amendment on the bill, which essentially annuls the earlier House decision, on Friday 7 April.

Eide hosted a dinner last Sunday for President Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci where the two leaders reconfirmed their joint commitment to finding a solution in the best interest of all Cypriots and exchanged ideas about the way ahead.

Source: Cyprus News Agency