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New failure in Cyprus peace talks will change basis of the dialogue

September 18, 2018 at 4:31pm

Failure in a new round of negotiations to solve the Cyprus issue will change completely the basis of the dialogue, because “parties involved in Cyprus or interested parties might possibly have other things on their mind,” President Nicos Anastasiades said.

This, he pointed out in an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, would be the worst case scenario.

Asked if he believes things have changed since July 2017, when the latest UN-led attempt failed, he replied: “Judging from statements made by Turkish officials or by the informal meeting I had with the Turkish-Cypriot leader on April 16, I would not say that we have seen the anticipated progress which would encourage the UN Secretary General to undertake a new initiative or to convene a new conference on Cyprus.”

On his forthcoming meetings in New York, he said he will reiterate in the strongest possible way his determination to engage in a dialogue, stressing at the same time the important role the Security Council should play not only in a new conference on Cyprus and the implementation of an agreement but also in issues that relate to the presence of the UN peace-keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).