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Security Council to discuss Cyprus report ‘soon’

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric has expressed the hope that the Security Council will discuss the SG’s report on Cyprus soon.

Replying to a journalist’s question on the matter Dujarric said that “I think we’d have to look at the Council calendar, but we hope they can discuss it as soon as possible.”

Asked whether it could be this month he said that “I think that’s a question for the presidency, but, usually, it’s not long after it’s been distributed.”

On Wednesday, Nicosia appeared to be in general satisfied with the report, an unofficial copy of which was handed over on Tuesday evening to the UN Security Council members.

The government has assessed that references on several issues are better in the current report than the previous one in October, and what was important was that the UNSG’s special envoy Jane Holl Lute was continuing her efforts to facilitate the formulating of terms of reference for the resumption of talks.

Replying to a comment by a journalist that the peace efforts on Cyprus was one of the things that disappointed the Secretary General and whether he feels the time is ripe for a new effort to push for peace Guterres’ spokesperson said that “I would not describe that in the way you’ve described it, and I don’t want to get ahead of the Security Council, which just received an advanced copy of the report.”

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