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UN official listens to parties’ views and will meet leaders in view of UNSC discussion on UNFICYP

UNSG’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar is currently holding meetings with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties to hear their views on how they see the future of the talks on Cyprus and on how they view the coming period, in view of the discussion at the UN Security Council, at the end of January, about the renewal of the UN peace keeping force’s (UNFICYP) mandate, a source has told CNA.

The same source also noted that before flying to New York in January, Spehar is also expected to hold meetings with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. The UNSG’s report on the renewal of UNFICYP’s mandate will be presented by Spehar, who is the head of UNFICYP, at the UN seat, during the third or fourth week of January, according to the same source.

Meanwhile, Spehar sent out on Thursday, in her capacity as the UNSG’s Deputy Special Adviser on Cyprus, invitations to the two leaders, to political figures from both communities and to members of the diplomatic community for the end of year reception to be hosted at Ledra Palace on December 11.

However, Anastasiades will in Strasbourg during that period, where he will address the European Parliament plenary.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN-backed negotiations with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof ended inconclusively in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.

(Cyprus News Agency)

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