Cyprus Talks: UN announces date for informal 5+1 meeting between North and South Cyprus

The United Nations has announced the date for the informal 5+1 meeting between North and South Cyprus. 

The meeting which will be attended by the Turkish Cypriot side, the Greek Cypriot side and the guarantor countries Turkey, Greece and the UK, will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from April 27-29. 

According to a written statement issued by the United Nations Secretary General’s Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, the aim of the meeting will be to explore whether there is a common ground in order to find a permanent solution to the Cyprus problem in the near future. 

Greek Cypriot presidents, President Nicos Anastasiades welcomed the announcement and aid he would participate in the meeting with the political will to find common ground with the Turkish Cypriots that would lead to substantive negotiations to resolve the island’s division.

I’m reiterating my strong determination to participate in the informal meeting on Cyprus, with full political will, to create the conditions for the resumption of talks to achieve a functional and viable solution of the Cyprus problem to benefit the two communities.

The solution, he added, should be based on high-level agreements, UN resolutions, and the principles and values of the EU.

A solution “which will lead to the evolution of the Republic of Cyprus into a functional and viable, bicommunal, bizonal federation.

The TRNC Foreign Minister welcomed the 5+1 meeting, stating that the proposal to hold the informal summit had been proposed by the Turkish Cypriot side.

TRNC Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu said on Thursday that the aim of the informal five-plus one meeting is to determine whether or not there is ground to launch a new negotiations process.

The 5+1 informal meeting will not be a resumption of the process which collapsed in Crans Montana in 2017, he said, adding that the participation of a representative from the EU at the meeting was unacceptable. Ertuğruloğlu said that the Cyprus Issue was a national cause. The Turkish Cypriot people and Turkey determine and defend this cause together, he said in a statement to the Anadolu News Agency. 

He warned that the meeting should not be perceived as the resumption of talks from where they left off in Crans Montana in 2017.

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