UN Secretary General will have consultations with all concerned before the next step – Turkey proved once more unreliable, by insisting on troops and guarantees
United Nations.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is going to have a number of consultations with all concerned before the next step in the Cyprus issue after the collapse of the Crans Montana Conference on Thursday, said his Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric answering to CNA` s questions during the briefing of the correspondents on Friday.
To the question why Mr Guterres ended the conference on June 4, which he described as “open end”, Dujarric said the Secretary-General along with the other participants; they worked literally through the night.
“They ended it at 2 o’clock. It was a shared understanding among the participants that it was best to close it and I think the Secretary-General expressed his regret that the Conference was closed without an agreement reached”, he added.
Asked to comment if this means that he is returning also his mandate that means the negotiations that started in 2008, are ended now, the Spokesperson for the UN SG clarified “that just means the Conference on Cyprus is closed. Mr. Eide would be joined by Ms. Spehar, the SRSG [ Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General]. They would be in New York the week of July 17th. They would be briefing the Security Council. For the Secretary-General, the UN role’s is clear; it’s that one of a facilitator, we would remain available. I think he made that point himself very clearly in his press remarks yesterday”.
He stressed that any decision on the future would be taken by the Secretary-General in consultations with all concern.
“I think what happened yesterday it has to be absorbed. Mr. Eide and Ms. Spehar would be here, they would be briefing the Council. The Secretary-General would also have a round of consultations before taking any next step”, he noted.
Asked if in UN SG` s report coming on July 10th on UNFICYP is going to use the results of the Crans Montana Conference, Dujarric said “I think they would be in due course a full report by Secretary-General on Good Offices to the Security Council”.
“I think right now as I said, we are absorbing what happened. It will take some time for all parties to reflect also on what happened”.
Referring to SG `s meeting with Turkish President Erdogan, he said they exchange views on a broad number of regional issues.
“The SG again expressed his regret, his disappointment that no agreement was reached on the Conference of Cyprus, but he told the President that he greatly appreciated the Turkey’s government strong commitment to the process and on Syria the SG commended Turkey for its support for the Astana and the Geneva process. And I think as you would remember, taking noting yesterday’s remarks to the press the SG, I think thanked and expressed his appreciation to all the parties involved, including the guarantor powers”, he added.
Finally, on the question of whether the SG disagrees with Cavusoglu’ statement on the parameters of the United Nations, Dujarric said that Guterres answered this question on Thursday.
A UN official expressed strong disappointment over the failure to produce results at the Conference on Cyprus, that ended without an agreement in the early hours of Friday, in Switzerland.
Asked to comment on the result, the official, who wanted to remain anonymous, said in a written reply that “it was simply tragic. We were so close and in spite of this we failed. Very sad”.
There was, however, no reply to the question regarding the Secretary-General’s decision to end the conference, despite calling it “open ended”.
Commenting on the same topic, a source from the government of Cyprus said that the Secretary-General said during the conference that “there are substantial differences and we cannot continue”.
While in Crans-Montana, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said many times that the conference is a final one.
The Conference on Cyprus at Crans Montana ended without an agreement, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced the early hours of on Friday after a dinner with all the participating delegations, that ended in the early hours without a result.
” I am deeply sorry to inform you that despite the very strong commitment and engagement of all the delegations of the different parties, the Greek Cypriot, the Turkish Cypriot delegation, Greece, Turkey, the UK and the EU as an observer and of course the UN team, the Conference on Cyprus was closed without an agreement being reached,” he told a news conference.
Guterres returned to Crans Montana on Thursday in an effort to break the deadlock that the talks at the Swiss resort faced.
“Unfortunately, as I said, an agreement wasn’t possible and the conference was closed without the possibility to bring a solution to this dramatically long lasting problem”, he added.
Guterres expressed “deep gratitude and appreciation to the leaders of the two communities” and wished “the best for all Cypriots, of north and south. And I also want to express my deep gratitude to the representatives of the guarantor powers and the EU”.
At the same time, he expressed his “enormous appreciation to the UN team and my advisor Espen Barth Eide”, noting that Eide has “done everything possible to bring closer the positions of the different delegations”.
Asked if the parties will continue the negotiations, Guterres said “the Conference is closed”.
“That doesn’t mean that other initiatives won’t be developed in order to address the Cyprus problem. But this Conference was closed unfortunately without a result. The United Nations is always at the disposal of the parties”, Guterres added.