UNSG Guterres returns to Cyprus Conference on Thursday

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will return to the Conference on Cyprus on Thursday.

Calls had been made earlier on Tuesday for Guterres to return, in the hope of putting pressure on the negotiations and getting results.

Turkish Cypriot political parties, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had all requested the return of the UN chief to the conference.

There was a ray of hope during the morning session, with some overturns that took place later on, let’s hope that we will return to the path of hope this afternoon,” President Nicos Anastasiades commented on Tuesday afternoon.

Asked if he was hoping that the Turkish side would alter their stance on the issue of security and guarantees, Anastasiades said: “I hope that there will be an alignment with what the UN Secretary General has asked of us”.

The Greek Cypriot president made his comments amid calls from Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Turkish Cypriot political parties at the Crans-Montana meetings, and supported by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that Guterres return to the negotiations to help get the talks back on track.

Cavusoglu had said earlier that neither Turkey nor the Turkish Cypriots were willing to discuss the proposal of completely abolishing guarantees and total removal of Turkish troops in the event of reunification.

He noted that “We are not here to make the other side happy”, and joined the call for UNSG Guterres to return to Crans-Montana.

Cyprus Weekly



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