United Nations urges Cyprus leaders to end distrust

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Cyprus leaders to encourage more direct contact and cooperation between fragmented communities as the climate of trust worsens.

He urged President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cyprus leader Ersin Tatar to improve the already difficult climate if peace talks resume.

In his report on UNFICYP, Guterres recommends that the Security Council extend its mission for six months until January 31, 2023.

He said the political landscape of the unstable interior on both sides of the island created Additional challenges..

The report, requested by the Security Council, urges leaders to provide concrete support for human-to-human initiatives as evidence of their true commitment to resolution.

“The lack of progress towards resuming full-scale negotiations creates room for new facts on the ground and triggers provocative one-sided actions that increase tensions,” he said.

“We are concerned that this situation could lead to a systematic brinkmanship policy that would only exacerbate the already difficult climate between the parties.”

Guterres urged both sides to respect and comply with the UN buffer zone boundaries, the only boundaries approved by the Security Council.

The report notes that the Cyprus issue that affected the activities of UN peacekeepers has not been resolved.

“Lower credibility and rising political tensions have been correlated with more actions by both sides, which challenged the mandated authority of the mission and was always considered provocative by the other side. “

Regarding Valosha’s status, UNFICYP continues to be guided by relevant Security Council resolutions.

“Therefore, the mission and the secretariat have repeatedly expressed concern about the development of the fenced areas of the town,” Guterres said.

“The United Nations continues Turkish government Responsible for Valosha’s situation. “

He said both communities were suffering from the socio-economic impact of the pandemic, further deteriorating the Turkish Cyprus economy, which had already suffered before COVID.

“As a result, economic disparities between the two countries continue to widen, fostering resentment and distrust between the two communities, exacerbating the alienation of both regions of the island, and buffer zones in both directions.

“The serious economic difficulties facing northern Cyprus do not benefit any of the parties to the conflict, but instead make the outlook for reconciliation more difficult.”

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