EU High Representative Josep Borrell recalls that the UN led process to resolve the Cyprus issue will not be starting from scratch and encourages the two Cypriot leaders to seize the opportunity of the 5+1 informal meeting in Geneva next month and come to the talks prepared to compromise, during his visit in Nicosia on Friday, where he went to discuss the path towards resumption of the Cyprus settlement talks and offer the EU’s support in this process. 

More specifically the High Representative and Commission Vice President recalled that  “there is a framework, including UN Security Council resolutions, with convergences to build on, with the support of the UN, the Guarantor Powers and the European Union. It will not be an easy process but it can be done, for the benefit of all Cypriots, for Europe, and for regional stability.”

According to a written statement issued by the European External Action Service, in his is meetings with President Nicos Anastasiades and Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, the High Representative discussed latest developments and prospects for progress in the efforts to revive the negotiations on ending the division of the island. 

Josep Borrell then met with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar to discuss the Cyprus issue and related EU measures to promote the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community and bring the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities closer together.  

“I met the two Cypriot leaders and come out of the talks believing that while the road ahead will not be easy, solutions can be found. I encouraged them to seize the opportunity of the 5+1 informal meeting in Geneva next month and come to the talks prepared to compromise. The European Union fully supports the resumption of the Cyprus settlement process under UN auspices, as soon as possible,” the High Representative said after his discussions with partners.

During his visit to Cyprus, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell also held meetings with Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General Elisabeth Spehar and with Colonel Neil Wright, Officer-in-Charge of UNFICYP on the United Nations operation in Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, ended inconclusively. The UN Secretary-General invited all parties involved to attend an informal five-plus-one meeting on the Cyprus issue in Geneva, Switzerland, from 27 to 29 April 2021.

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