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Guterres unaware of any moves by Turkey to open Maras

28 August 2017

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sent a letter to the leader of the Greek Cypriot Administration Nicos Anastasiades saying that the UN is not aware of any initiatives by the Turkish side regarding the opening up the fenced-off town of Maraş (Varosha).

Greek Cypriot daily ‘Politis’ reports that UN Secretary General Antonio-Guterres had sent a letter to Anastasiades, and that Anastasiades was expected to respond to the letter today.

The newspaper reported that Anastasiades informed the Greek Cypriot Council of Ministers and the DISI parliamentary group about Guterres’ letter at a meeting held on Saturday at the community leader’s house in Troodos.

According to the report, Guterres, in his letter, stated that “any confidence-building measures should be shared”, “the UN has no knowledge of any possible action by the Turkish side regarding the closed off area of ​​Maraş”.

The newspaper wrote that Anastasiades, at a meeting at the leader’s house in Troodos, expressed his intention to respond to the letter today. Adding that it was his wish to “return to the negotiating table if the opposing party respects the framework Guterres offered in Crans-Montana”.

It also reported that Anastasiades also said that Turkey has no intention to take any steps towards the Cyprus issue at this time because it is waiting to see the election results in Austria and Germany and whether or not it will achieve any gain in the EU accession process.

Kibris Postasi

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