UN chief to convene Cyprus meeting in early March
The meeting will be informal without pre-conditions to allow the parties to see that there is a change in administration in Northern Cyprus, Guterres said during his first news conference in 2021.
A new government was formed in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in December.
"It is important that there is a chance for people to frankly discuss among themselves," said the U.N. chief.
The parties are two communities on the island - guarantor countries Turkey, Greece and U.K.
"I am always ready to go to the Security Council if there is an agreement of parties in enlarging the scope of negotiations," said Guterres.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the island's Turks and Turkey's intervention as a guarantor power.
It has seen an on-and-off peace process in recent years, including a failed 2017 initiative in Switzerland under the auspices of Turkey, Greece and the U.K.
The TRNC was founded in 1983.