President Nicos Anastasiades has said that he hoped that the new UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus comes from Europe. The Cyprus problem was a European problem, he noted.
“I think everybody admits that the Cyprus problem is also a European problem, in that context, it would be desirable if, in the framework of a new initiative, the appointment of a new advisor would express that which identifies with the Cyprus problem,” said Anastasiades.
Referring to UN intentions regarding the Cyprus problem he said, “It is a period for reflection, I don’t see any initiatives for the moment”.
“We need to look to look towards the UN General meeting and the meetings we will have there to see how to restart an initiative or to reactivate the international players in order to have new developments in the Cyprus problem,” said Anastasiades.
Anastasiades also pointed out that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the international community should be mindful of Turkey’s recent statements regarding a solution outside UN parameters.
On Tuesday, Espen Barth Eide formally handed in his resignation as the UN Secretary-Generals’ Special Advisor on Cyprus, having decided to become a candidate in Norway’s forthcoming elections in September.