The Conference on Cyprus will reconvene in Geneva on June 28 at the political level, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the UNSG`s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Friday.
According to the statement issued in New York, the Conference will take place with the participation of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, as well as Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.
“In line with the statement issued following the meeting of the Secretary-General with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, in New York on 4 June, and following consultations with all participants, the Conference on Cyprus will reconvene in Geneva on 28 June 2017,” Dujarric said in his statement.
He added that “the Conference on Cyprus will reconvene at the political level under the auspices of the Secretary-General, with the participation of Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akıncı, as well as Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.”
On June 4, Anastasiades and Akinci had a meeting with Guterres in New York, after which it was announced that the two leaders and the Secretary-General agreed on the need to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus in June, in line with the 12 January statement of the Conference.
In remarks to the press after the meeting, Guterres had said that all agreed that the chapter on security and guarantees is of vital importance to the two communities and that progress in this chapter is an essential element in reaching an overall agreement and in building trust between the two communities in relation to their future security.
He also said that the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General, Espen Barth Eide, would engage with all participants in the preparation of a common document to guide the discussions on security and guarantees, based on the outcome of the meetings of the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva and Mont Pelerin.
Moreover he noted that the leaders agreed to continue in parallel the bi-communal negotiations in Geneva on all other outstanding issues, starting with territory, property and governance and power-sharing, and that the leaders and the Secretary-General agreed that all issues will be negotiated interdependently and that nothing is agreed till everything is agreed, as per the joint declaration of 11 February 2014.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof./ΙΒΝΑ