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UN special envoy on the cards only after a political shift seen in Cyprus

President of the UN Security Council Vassily Nebenzia has said a UN envoy to assess prospects for a resumption of Cyprus talks would not likely be on the cards until there was some movement on the negotiations locally, CNA reported on Monday.

Nebenzia, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, said there was a school of thought within the UN Secretariat about the next steps on Cyprus. “We had a special envoy being proposed,” he said but at the same time indicating that this would not be done before some things happen politically in Cyprus.

Responding to a question on the Cyprus issue, during a press conference on the occasion of the assumption of the UNSC Presidency by Russia, Nebenzia said: “Cyprus indeed we have I would call it a pause. Not  much has been happening since those days when things didn’t go as many expected.”

“There were many internal factors influencing the developments in Cyprus, both in the south and in the north. Now we are waiting for another political event to happen, but I know that within the Secretariat there is a school of thought about the next steps,” the Russian diplomat said.

He mentioned the proposal by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to appoint a special envoy to meet separately with the two leaders to assess prospects for a resumption of talks “expressing the belief that before some things happen politically in some of these areas, that will not be done [on that front]. “But we of course are following the situation,” he added.

Almost a year ago, the UN-sponsored talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, failed to bring about a solution. Both sides have been blaming each other since then for the collapse of the negotiations.

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