Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric announced on Tuesday that the personal envoy of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, María Ángela Holguín, will be in London on 7 and 8 March for meetings with UK officials.

“This comes after her meetings in Athens and Ankara in February, concluding her first visits to the three guarantor powers”, he said speaking during a press briefing at UN Headquarters, an official press release said here today.

Dujarric also noted that from London, Holguin will continue to Cyprus, where she is expected to meet with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, Nikos Christodoulides and Ersin Tatar, respectively.

“During her stay on the island, Ms. Holguín will also continue her engagements with a broad range of interlocutors, with a continued focus on listening to the concerns and aspirations of local actors”, he said.

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.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed Holguín as his personal envoy for Cyprus, to assume a Good Offices role on his behalf and search for common ground on the way forward in the Cyprus issue.

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