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Mavroyiannis to remain negotiator alongside new UN post

Andreas Mavroyiannis

The government on Friday announced that Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis would assume duties as Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN in New York but would remain the Greek Cypriot chief negotiator in the UN-backed talks for a Cyprus settlement.

Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said Mavroyiannis’ new appointment, changes nothing as regards his duties as the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side. He was appointed chief negotiator in 2013.  Mavroyiannis will succeed Kornelios Korneliou at the UN.
The government announcement follows reports during the past few weeks that Mavroyiannis’ new duties were a sign that not much was expected on the Cyprus problem in the foreseeable future as there were no thoughts of appointing someone else to replace him as negotiator.

Alithia on Friday reported that Nicosia was waiting for the UN to announce a final deadlock in the Cyprus problem, given that the reaction of the UN Secretariat was pointing in that direction following the disappointing results of the contacts made so far by UN envoy Jane Holl Lute.

According to the daily, the government expected that either the UN would declare the Cyprus problem is at a complete deadlock on April 15, or at the end of Unficyp’s six-monthly mandate in July.

Citing diplomatic sources, the daily reported that Lute’s meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier in the month confirmed the gap between the two sides regarding efforts for the resumption of talks as the positions put forth nullified all progress achieved up to the talks in Crans-Montana in the summer of 2017.

Lute had to visit the region three times for contacts with both sides and the guarantor powers without any results as the goal of the UN to draft the terms of reference for the resumption of talks completely failed, it said, while the search for terms of reference gave the opportunity to the sides to stray from the convergences recorded up to Crans-Montana and set new starting points.

This was despite the fact that government circles told Alithia earlier in the week that the Greek Cypriot side was on a quest for the resumption of negotiations from the point they left off in Crans-Montana. Not only does Nicosia not believe in such a possibility it expects to hear from the UN a formal declaration of the complete impasse in the Cyprus issue, the daily said.

Lute, according to information Alithia obtained, is very disappointed and if she writes a report it will simply make the complete deadlock official.

The announcement that will put the final nail to the coffin of the Cyprus problem will probably come from the UN Secretary-General himself in the coming days through the report the Security Council has asked him to submit on the renewal of Unficyp, the daily said.

The question, it said, remains whether the UNSG would declare the impasse on April 15, or if he will wait for the end of the six-month extension of the Unficyp mandate. In that case, the announcement can be combined with decisions on the future of the peacekeeping force in Cyprus, it said.

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