If there is to be a positive outcome to the Cyprus talks aimed at reunifying the island, the five permanent UN Security Council members have to participate in negotiations, South Cyprus government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Wednesday.
Speaking after President Nicos Anastasiades’ visit to Russia, his spokesman said that Russia agreed that Security Council members should all make efforts to prepare a way to resume the Cyprus Conference in Crans-Montana which was closed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres after talks came to an impasse in July.
If an agreement could be reached to resume the negotiations, UNSC members should be involved in the same manner as they were in Iran, said Christodoulides.
“They are members of the UNSC, they have responsibilities and obligations; within this framework, they have an obligation to participate, if they really desire positive developments,” Christodoulides told the state broadcaster. “We are not referring to particular members of the UNSC but collectively to all the members,” he added.
“Why wouldn’t it be feasible if someone wants a positive outcome?” he said. “Perhaps people who don’t want positive developments don’t view it positively. How can we say the UN will have a role in the procedure to solve the Cyprus problem and not want the UNSC members to be there?” he argued.
Since the talks collapsed over the issue of Security and Guarantees, both sides have pointed the finger of blame at each other. The Greek Cypriots singled out former UN Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, saying that he was biased and had lied.