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UNSG spokesman: We are in a period of reflection on Cyprus

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

It is now up to the parties in Cyprus to come back to the UN Secretary General, and then decisions will be made on the next step and the way forward, the UN Secretary General’s spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric has said.

He was commenting, during his briefing, on a remark by a journalist that President Nicos Anastasiades had indicated several times he is ready to talk once UNSG Antonio Guterres’ framework is accepted by all parties.

Dujjaric said the Secretary General’s position remains unchanged. “I think he was very clear at the end of the talks in Crans-Montana that he is waiting. It’s a period of reflection, and it’s now up to the parties to come back to him, and then decisions would be made on the next step and the way forward,” he said.

He added that “what is important for the Secretary-General is that a solution be found to the so called Cyprus problem. As he said, we continue to be in a period of reflection. And let’s see what happens. But his good offices remain available.”

Replying to a question, Dujarric said that he did not know whether the Secretary General had received a copy of a letter four Cypriot Euro MPs had sent to all their colleagues questioning the role of the former UNSG’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide in Crans Montana.

“I think he was very thankful and supportive for the role Mr Eide played. His role was as the Secretary General’s Special Envoy to help with the discussions. They were not being led by the UN. They were facilitated by the UN. As to what may have been said or not been said within the talks, I have no comment on that. Mr Eide’s role was to be the Special Envoy,” he added.

Asked if the Secretary General and the United Nations see any potential on the Cyprus issue, Dujarric said that the process in Switzerland “did not end in a way that we would all have liked, which has to find a solution. We are now in a period of reflection and we wait to see what the parties decide.”

The latest round of UN-facilitated talks ended in Crans Montana, in early July, ended inconclusively.

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