UNSG Guterres to meet both Cypriot leaders in New York

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will meet with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on Sunday, his spokesman said, after both sides came to an impasse over how the Cyprus negotiations were to continue.

Guterres will meet with the two leaders to “to discuss the Cyprus talks and the way forward,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

Following a telephone conversation with the UN Secretary General, Akinci had tweeted on Wednesday night that he had accepted an invitation to meet with Guterres.

Shortly afterwards, Greek Cypriot Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides confirmed that Anastasiades had received a similar invitation and that they were trying to arrange a date for the meeting.

Last week, UN Special Envoy to Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, said that he was abandoning attempts at shuttle diplomacy to continue the Cyprus talks in Geneva, because the two sides had failed to agree on the framework for a second Cyprus Conference.

Greek Cypriots wanted to first focus on sealing a deal on security arrangements post-settlement, while Turkish Cypriots sought a more holistic and interdependent process.

Although the talks have come to an impasse after two years of negotiations, the UN said that the talks had not collapsed.

Cyprus Weekly

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