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UNFICYP Head: upcoming consultations at the UN on Cyprus ‘very important’

September 18, 2018 at 3:45pm

UN Secretary General’s Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar described the upcoming deliberations on Cyprus as very important.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, after meeting with President Anastasiades, Spehar said that she is not aware of a tripartite meeting between the Secretary General of the UN with President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Spehar said she was “very pleased to spend some time with Mr. Anastasiades ahead of his upcoming trip” noting she touches base with both leaders at this time of the year before they go to the General Assembly “where both Mr. Anastasiades and Mr Akinci will be having bilateral meetings with the Secretary General”.

Describing her discussion with the President as “very good conversation”, she said they talked about his expectations and “also discussed the report that will be tabled in the middle of October, the outcome of Ms. Lute ‘s (UNSG`s Special Envoy Jane Holl Lute) consultations and how this is a very important period going forward because what is in that report, what is in the next report in January, is of great interest to the council in terms of how they understand the way ahead in the future”.

Lute concluded her meetings with all interested parties with a meeting she had last week in Strasbourg with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and will submit a report on her contacts to the Secretary General.

Asked whether there will be a tripartite meeting of the leaders with the SG, Spehar said she was “not aware of anything of that sort that has been set up” while she also said that Lute “will be reporting to the SG quite soon”.