Peace in Cyprus is a broader process that needs to involve people and it should be build from the ground up, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar has said.
Speaking at the 13th Cyprus Economist Summit in Nicosia last week, Spehar gave a brief overview of the current situation in the Cyprus talks, following the Crans-Montana negotiations. She said that a lot of progress has been made in the recent years and that the January 2017 Conference on Cyprus in Geneva, was an important milestone.
She added that during the Crans-Montana talks that followed, the parties had come close to reaching an agreement, but unfortunately they were unable to achieve a successful outcome.
The UNSG Special Representative reiterated that the UN was standing by, ready to offer held and support when both sides wanted to resume talks.
The role of the community leaders could not be underestimated, she said. However, settlement should come from the grass roots upwards and the two communities needed to be involved. What they had to say was important, she said.
With regard to the issue of security, Spehar also said that this aspect is important and security is not only about troops and rights to intervene but also about day to day life and about addressing peoples’ fears.