‘Important weeks ahead’ for Cyprus problem, UN says

Important weeks lay ahead for the Cyprus problem as the two sides on the island prepare for the arrival of an UN envoy who will determine whether there are grounds for the resumption of reunification talks, UNSG Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar said Friday.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades, Spehar said: “they spoke about the upcoming Security Council session and also about the upcoming consultations that will be undertaken on behalf of the SG by Jane Hall Lute.”

“And so, we will be preparing for some quite important weeks ahead,” she added.

Lute has been designated by the SG to conduct consultations to see what the outcome of the reflection of the parties is with respect to what happened in Crans Montana, the past negotiation process and their views on the possible way ahead.

Asked if the SG will take a decision on how to move ahead and when Spehar said “we have to take one step at a time”.

She said Lute will first come to the island and speak with the two leaders and then with the other parties and see what the outcome of their reflection is and then she will be reporting back to the SG.

“It will be up to the SG to see what the next step will be.”

Spehar was also due to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

The latest round of UN-peace talks, last year, at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana ended without an agreement.

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