Conference on Cyprus reconvenes in Crans-Montana, Switzerland
The Conference on Cyprus which reconvened under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres ended on the morning of Friday 7 July without reaching an agreement.
The Conference, which reconvened on 28 June in Crans-Montana, Switzerland focused on the chapter covering security and guarantees. The Cypriot communities were represented by the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, and the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades.
Ministerial representatives of the guarantor powers – Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom – also took part in the Conference, and the European Union participated as an observer.
In his remarks to the press early on Friday morning, Mr. Guterres said he was deeply sorry that, despite the commitment of all the delegations and parties concerned, the Conference had ended without a solution to a long-standing problem. The closure of the Conference did not mean that further initiatives were not being taken to resolve the Cyprus issue, he clarified and reaffirmed that the United Nations will always be at the disposal of the parties wishing to reach an agreement.
The Secretary-General expressed his best wishes to the two communities and to all Cypriots, from the North and the South, and his deep appreciation for the United Nations team led by Espen Eide, that has done everything possible to bring the delegations closer together. Mr. Guterres thanked the Swiss Government for its hospitality, commitment and support to the Conference.
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Watch the Secretary-General’s press conference of 7 July on webtv.un.org
and read the transcript here
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