UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar met separately with both Cypriot community leaders today to discuss future steps on the Cyprus problem.
Her visit comes prior to President Akıncı’s trip to New York next week where he will meet with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 29 September.
The UN Special Representative first met with the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades this morning.
Later on, she was received by President Mustafa Akıncı at the Presidential Palace in Lefkoşa.
Presidential Spokesman Barış Burcu and the President’s Advisor for Political Affairs and EU Matters Erhan Erçin were also present at the meeting.
Speaking after the meeting which lasted for over an hour, Ms Spehar said that she was meeting with both leaders ahead of the UN General Assembly. She pointed out that the Secretary-General will be meeting separately with both leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
“These meetings are always a good opportunity in terms of seeing where we stand and to see where the process will head”, she said, adding that the Cyprus Issue was going through an important phase.
Pointing out that there have been no negotiations for over a year now, the UN Special Representative said that the UN Security Council had expectations.
“They are very clear that they want to see the signals of going back to the negotiating table. They would also like to see the movement of conditions conducive for a successful process in the form of confidence building measures and trust building. There will be a couple of reports coming out which the Security Council would like the Secretary General to provide to them with. They believe that these reports will give them some sense of what they could expect”, she said.
Spehar said that the Security Council would of course continue to support the leaders but added that they see it as the responsibility of the parties to take matters forward.