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UN chief wants concrete ideas on Cyprus talks

The UN Secretary General would be very interested to hear concrete ideas of how the parties in divided Cyprus could come together, his resident representative Elizabeth Spehar said on Friday.

“After Crans-Montana the Secretary General suggested to the parties and to the leaders in particular that it would be good to reflect on the outcome of Crans-Montana and on the way forward,” she told journalists after talks in Nicosia with President Nicos Anastasiades.

“And now it seems to be a good time to hear from all of them and to hear their ideas on precisely what their plans are for moving forward,” she added.

Anastasiades will be meeting the Secretary General at the margins of the General Assembly later this month.

UN-brokered Cyprus reunification talks broke down in Switzerland in July.

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Asked if the Secretary General will make any suggestions for the next steps, Spehar said: “As you know this process, the Cyprus talks, are leader-led, they are Cypriot led and Cypriot -owned.

“So in that spirit the Secretary General really wants to hear from the parties first of all.”

Asked if the pre-election campaign in Cyprus could hinder this effort, Spehar said “no, not necessarily.”

“The process has gone forward at many different moments throughout the years within electoral Cyprus and outside of electoral cycles,” she also said.

“There are always different factors that could affect the outcome of a process but I don’t think one needs to say necessarily that that would be a negative factor or a hindering factor.”

Spehar also met on Friday with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the breakaway north.

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  1. Hovhannes melemendjian

    Hopefully this time the two leaders of the North and the South do try harder and come to a very amicable agreement for the benefit of the tow communities. It has dragged on long enough and is about time that it came to a fair conclusion for both the Turkish and the Greek people.May the good Lord bless them all.