Cyprus: Guterres Expresses readiness to provide his good services for resumption of talks

Cyprus: Guterres Expresses readiness to provide his good services for resumption of talks

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in his reply letter penned to Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, expresses his readiness to provide his good services for the resumption of talks for the settlement of the Cyprus issue, on the basis of what has already been agreed in the common understanding reached at the 25 November 2019 meeting in Berlin, but also in accordance with the Security Council resolutions, calling at the same time for the termination of unilateral actions and the promotion of CBMs.

More specifically, the Secretary-General states in his letter the following:

“I would like to thank you for your letter on 19 October 2020 expressing your readiness and determination to take part in a new initiative for a lasting solution in the Cyprus issue, based on the common understanding reached on 25 November 2019 in Berlin.

I take this opportunity to reiterate the availability of my good services for the resumption of talks, building on the existing body of work.

In this regard, I understand that you have already contacted the newly elected Turkish-Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, and that you have both expressed your desire to meet informally on the island under the auspices of my Deputy Special Adviser Elizabeth Spehar, as soon as possible.

I hope that this initial informal contact will pave the way for fruitful discussions, and I reiterate my commitment to explore with you and Mr Tatar, as well as with the guarantors, the possibility of launching an informal five-party meeting, plus the UN, at the appropriate stage.

I would also like to stress the importance of developing additional confidence-building measures that will bring the two communities closer together, and of avoiding any unilateral action that could undermine the future success of new negotiations.

“I firmly believe that the best way forward is to return to negotiations and reach a lasting solution in line with the United Nations, as set out in the relevant Security Council resolutions, for the benefit of all Cypriots and for more peace in the region”.

The Government welcomes the readiness of the Secretary-General to provide his good services for the resumption of negotiations for the settlement of the Cyprus issue, on the basis of what has already been agreed, with explicit reference to the understanding reached at the meeting of 25 November 2019 in Berlin, a lasting solution in accordance with Security Council resolutions, for the benefit of all Cypriots and peace in the region.

At the same time, the Government points out that the President of the Republic has already submitted 21 proposals for specific CBMs, in which priority is given to Famagusta. /ibna