The UN Secretary – General`s Deputy Spokesman, Farhan Haq, has said that he does not expect at this stage anything as regards a press release on Cyprus that was expected to be issued, after Monday`s meeting of the UNSG Antonio Guterres in New York, with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar.
He went on to say that “when we don`t say something, it`s not that we`ve forgotten; it`s that a conscious decision is taken not to say something.”
Asked why it has taken so long to issue a press release on Cyprus following the meeting between the Secretary‑General and the two Cyprus leaders and whether there will be a statement or not, Haq replied: “To be honest, at this stage, I`m not expecting anything. When we don`t say something, it`s not that we`ve forgotten; it`s that a conscious decision is taken not to say something,” he added.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Numerous UN backed talks to reunite the island have failed to yield results.