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Guterres to wait on Cyprus leaders agreement

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he plans to use his good offices in connection to Cyprus’ efforts for a solution “as soon as the parties are in agreement for those good offices to be put in place”.

Guterres was responding to a question by the Cyprus News Agency’s Apostolos Zoupaniotis during a press briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

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Guterres responded: “It’s very simple. I plan to use my good offices as soon as the parties are in agreement for those good offices to be put in place”.

Also asked when he planned to issue his good offices report on Cyprus, the UN Secretary General said: “And the report, I hope it will be presented… we are still working on it. I hope we will be presenting it probably end of this month, beginning of next month, after the high‑level session, which, as you can imagine, we are all completely overwhelmed. But it is to come soon”.

Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof. But the latest round of UN-peace talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana Cyprus ended without an agreement in the early hours of July 7.

Former UN Cyprus envoy Espen Barth Eide has since won a seat in his country’s new parliament but was also tasked with drafting a detailed report on the failed UN-brokered Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana which is anticipated to be ready very soon. The report will, as well as being presented to Guterres, be made public.

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has in the past said the report is not anticipated to contain anything that was not already known, or to apportion blame on the impasse to either of the sides.

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