Cyprus: It is not the UN’s job to issue ultimatums, UN Secretary-General’s Spokesman says

Cyprus: It is not the UN’s job to issue ultimatums, UN Secretary-General’s Spokesman says

During the regular briefing of the international media by the United Nations on Thursday, February 25, the Secretary-General’s Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, read out the statement issued last night by the United Nations regarding the forthcoming informal “five plus one” meeting on the Cyprus issue.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent, referring to the statement, which notes that the UN will determine if a solution can be found in the near future, asked the Representative whether the United Nations characterizes these talks as critical and if there is no result this time, they will abandon the effort.

In response, Stéphane Dujarric stressed that it is not the job of the UN to issue ultimatums, as we will give up unless something happens. He added that if one looks at the flow in terms of the UN efforts for Cyprus, there have been ups and downs in the process. He added that Jane Holl Lute is consulting with the parties, and the hope is that this is an opportunity. It is an informal meeting, he added, and we very much hope for a positive result.

Earlier on February 24, Stéphane Dujarric issued a statement regarding the forthcoming informal “five plus one” meeting on the Cyprus issue, stating that “after consultations by the Secretary-General, senior UN official Jane Holl Lute in recent months, the Secretary General intends to convene an informal “five plus one” meeting on the Cyprus issue in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 April 2021.

The purpose of the meeting will be to determine whether there is common ground for the parties to negotiate a viable, lasting solution to the Cyprus problem, within a predictable horizon./ibna