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UN envoy Lute to visit before end of November

UN envoy Jane hall Lute

UN envoy Jane Hall Lute will visit Cyprus towards the end of this month for preliminary contacts in view of the secretary general’s plans to convene an informal five party conference on Cyprus, government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos said on Monday.

In a written statement, Koushos said that President Nicos Anastasiades had spoken by telephone to Lute on Monday afternoon during which she informed him that she plans to travel to Cyprus toward the end of November.

Koushios said the president asked Lute to thank UK chief Antonios Guterres for his readiness to offer his good services for the resumption of talks to resolve the Cyprus issue.

“He also asked Mrs Lute to convey to the UNSC that unilateral actions such as those being taken by Turkey in Cyprus’ EEZ and in the fenced city of Famagusta do not contribute to the creation of a good climate for a productive negotiation to resolve the Cyprus issue,” the spokesman said.

He added that Lute had assured the president that she would convey his concerns to the secretary-general.

Lute was tasked by Guterres last year to hold contacts with the two leaders and the guarantors to help the sides reach an agreement on the terms of reference for a new round of Cyprus talks

She last visited Cyprus in September last year.

Both Anastasiades and newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar have said they are willing to participate in an informal five-party summit. Though agreeing that the two sides and the three guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey, and the UK – ought to meet to discuss the way forward, Anastasiades said he wants to discuss  a solution based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation (BBF) and Tatar calls for other ideas, such as a two-state solution.

After last week’s meeting that took place under the auspices of the Special Representative of the UNSG in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar the UN said the two leaders “expressed their determination to positively respond to the UN Secretary-General’s commitment to explore the possibility to convene an informal five-plus-UN meeting, in a conducive climate, at an appropriate stage.”

 

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