Hope for Cyprus resolution alive: UN Secretary-General

Hope for Cyprus resolution alive: UN Secretary-General

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Hope for Cyprus resolution alive: UN Secretary-General

There is still hope of reaching a comprehensive solution to the dispute regarding Cyprus, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Oct. 15.

According to a report seen by Anadolu Agency, Guterres said he believes that “prospects for a comprehensive settlement between the communities on the island remain alive”.

He emphasized that the lack of resolution of the Cyprus issue was not sustainable.

But before full-fledged negotiations could be resumed, the sides had to agree on a “starting point” in the form of terms of reference, he said.

Guterres also said that all efforts should be made to avoid unnecessary escalation and to pursue dialogue on the issue of the island’s natural resources.

“I reiterate once again that the natural resources found in and around Cyprus should benefit both communities and should provide a strong incentive for all concerned parties to work in earnest towards a mutually acceptable and durable solution,” he said.

The report is to be presented to the UN Security Council on Oct. 30.

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