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Prospects to Solve Cyprob Still Alive: UNSG

Prospects to Solve Cyprob Still Alive: UNSG

October 16
14:11 2018

North Cyprus News - Antonio Guterres - UNSGProspects for reaching a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem remain “alive”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in his report to the UN Security Council.

He stressed that continuation of a non-solution to the Cyprus problem was unsustainable.

However, he noted that before fully-fledged negotiations could be resume, the sides had to agree on the “terms of reference that would constitute the consensus starting point for a possible negotiated conclusion to the Cyprus issue”.

I observe clearly the continued support for a horizon of endless process without a result lies behind us, not before us. I note the widespread consensus that an unchanging status quo, i.e. the lack of resolution on the Cyprus issue – is not sustainable”, he said.

The view among many informed observers is that a solution will measurably improve the future circumstance of every Cypriot. And while a settlement will demand that each side accept less than the fullest measure of satisfaction, it will also open up opportunities for growth, prosperity and confidence, going forward”.

North Cyprus News - Jane Holl Lute - UNGuterres said that he would instruct his special representative to Cyprus, Jane Holl Lute to undertake another fact-finding mission prior to formal negotiations as regards the willingness of both sides to propose new ideas.

He noted however that: “the sides should agree on terms of reference that would constitute the consensus starting point for a possible negotiated conclusion to the Cyprus issue”.

The UNSG urged all parties to mobilise “their creativity and commitment to help their communities understand and support the aim of a durable solution”.

I reiterate once again, that the natural resources found in and around Cyprus should benefit both communities and should provide a strong incentive for all concerned parties to work in earnest towards a mutually acceptable and durable solution”, he said.

The report on Cyprus is scheduled for discussion by the UN Security Council on 30 October.

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