The position of Special Advisor on Cyprus vacated by Espen Barth Eide will remain vacant for now and will be filled “in good time” according to Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
During the daily media brief, Dujarric said that the two sides are in a period of reflection adding that Eide’s office will be headed by Assistant Envoy and UNFICYP head Elizabeth Spehar and that the U.N. Secretary General will decide in good course on the future course of things.
Regarding statements made by President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday as to whether the United Nations would play some role in bringing the Cyprus problem back on track during the week-long UN General Meeting in New York and of the Turkish statements regarding a solution outside the parameters of the UN, Dujarric reiterated that the UN Secretary General will decide on a new envoy when the time is right.
“We will never propose a name or person which will not be accepted by one or more of the sides,” said Dujarric.
“This is a matter of principle,” he added.
“The parties are in a period of reflection and the Secretary-General made it clear in his statements in Crans-Montana that he remains available if both parties turn to him,” said Dujarric.
In conclusion, Dujarric said that the Cyprus problem would be one of the many topics the General Secretary would discuss during bilateral discussions during the U.N. General Meeting.