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UN-brokered five-plus-one meeting on divided Cyprus in Geneva, April 27-29

The UN Secretary-General intends to convene an informal five-plus-one meeting on the Cyprus issue in Geneva, Switzerland, from April 27 to 29 April.

This is what Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, has said in a written statement in New York.

“Following the consultations conducted on behalf of the Secretary-General by a senior UN official, Ms. Jane Holl Lute, over the past several months, the Secretary-General intends to convene an informal five-plus-one meeting on the Cyprus issue in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 April 2021,” the statement said.

“The purpose of the meeting will be to determine whether common ground exists for the parties to negotiate a lasting solution to the Cyprus problem within a foreseeable horizon,” it added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its breakaway northern third where it still maintains troops.

Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results.

The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

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