In a bid to resume negotiations on the reunification of Cyprus, the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer has recently increased his contacts with both communities.
According to a UN statement, Downer “looks forward to the upcoming dinner scheduled for the 29th May at the Chief of Mission’s residence in the United Nations Protected Area in Nicosia.”
Mr. Downer has invited the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities and their spouses in order for them to get acquainted and build confidence between the two sides,” the statement says.
It adds that Downer “is encouraged by the recent meeting in New York between the Secretary General and Ioannis Kasoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, where discussions centred on the latest developments in Cyprus and, in particular, the prospects for a resumption of the negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot leaders.”
Downer “has recently multiplied his contacts with influential members of both communities as well as international stakeholders in a bid to resume negotiations on the reunification of the island,” the statement says, adding that Downer “recently attended a meeting of the ambassadors of the permanent five members of the Security Council in Nicosia convened and hosted by the United Kingdom High Commission.”
Furthermore, the statement notes that Downer “is determined to engage as many stakeholders as possible, both Cypriot and international, in order to fulfill the mandate entrusted to him by the Security Council.”
Alexander Downer will return to Cyprus on May 27