The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar, after a meeting with President Mustafa Akıncı yesterday said that the UN will always be available to both sides in Cyprus.
When the UNSG hears that both sides are ready with a common approach, the UN will be ready to move forward.
Speaking to the press after the meeting which lasted for an hour and half, Spehar said after the unsuccessful Conference on Cyprus last year the UN Secretary-General had asked all parties to reflect on what had been accomplished up until then and how the process might move forward.
She added that the United Nations continues to wait to hear the views of all sides and whether they can jointly decide on the next steps.
In addition, she said, she discussed with President Akıncı her recent meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades and his views on the way forward.
“This is all preliminary process of discussion with both sides. We as the UN continue to be available and we are going to continue to listen,” she said.
Asked if she feels optimistic that during the next short period the process will resume, she said that “the UN always remains available, our good offices continue to work here. I am also available here on the island to support the sides”.
Responding to a question as to whether she will continue the shuttle diplomacy, she said that “I will continue to be available as much as both sides would like me to”.
Asked if any leaders meeting can be expected in the next couple of months or weeks Spehar said “we are just having preliminary discussions for the time being”.
The UN Special Representative said that the upcoming visit of UN Undersecretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix, who is also the head of the Peacekeeping operations, had also been discussed during the meeting.
She said he is coming to Cyprus to visit UNFICYP and to familiarise himself with the mission.
Lacroix, on a tour of various missions of the UN in the region, is also going to look at how the organisation will be implementing the results of the strategic review on UNFICYP that took place late last year.