The UNSG’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Colin Stewart will meet with the leaders of the two communities ahead of his contacts in New York for the renewal of UNFICYP’s mandate.

Sources told CNA that Stewart will meet on Wednesday with the Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar while he is scheduled to see Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides on Thursday.

He will then depart for New York where he will brief the Security Council on the UNSG’s Good Offices mission.

While in New York, Stewart is also hoping to meet the new SG’s envoy when the announcement will be made.

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.


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