Prospects 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”.
Guterres 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.