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Security Council members express full support for UNSG’s efforts over Cyprus

November 22, 2019 at 11:28am
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The members of the Security Council encouraged the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus to use their meeting in Berlin, next Monday, with the UN secretary-General, in order “to renew their political will and commitment to a comprehensive settlement” while expressing their full support to ongoing efforts of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Speaking after a UN Security Council briefing, in New York, on the Secretary-General’s Good Offices report on Cyprus, Jonathan Allen, the UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, made a statement on behalf of the Security Council Presidency

Allen said that the members of the Security Council were briefed on the situation in Cyprus by Under Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo and “expressed their full support for the ongoing efforts of the Secretary-General and welcomed his initiative to convene an informal trilateral meeting with the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, on Monday, the 25th of November.”

“The members of the Security Council encouraged the leaders to build on previous convergences and in a spirit of compromise to use this meeting to renew their political will and commitment to a comprehensive settlement, based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality as set out in relevant Security Council resolutions” the UK Deputy Permanent Representative went on.

He said finally that the members of the Security Council encouraged all parties to make productive use of the coming period.

Asked under his national capacity about the expectations from this meeting, Allen said that “the fact that the two leaders will be getting together with the Secretary-General in the same room for the first time over two years, is a positive development and I really hope that they can build on that conversation to agree the way forward to resume negotiations and to be able to find ultimately a settlement. That’s our hope.”

On another question, if the UK wants to remain a guarantor power, the UK senior official noted that the UK is a guarantor power under the Treaty of Guarantee and takes a full role as a guarantor power on those elements of the settlement. “If you are asking about detail questions of what would happen under new arrangements, well I think we’ll let those play around of the negotiating table. And we are very clear about our role and the importance that we attached to that,” he added.

Asked finally if he expects a resumption of an informal Crans Montana-type conference soon after the tripartite meeting, Allen said that he was focusing on the first step, which is Monday. “Let’s see how that goes. Let’s see what the Secretary-General concludes from that. He has our full support, as to Jane Holl Lute. She is being working with him and for him on this issue. I would like to hear from them after Monday on what next,” he concluded.

(Cyprus News Agency)

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Berlin’s “Ledra Palace” will host the tripartite meeting on Monday