Security Council members welcome SG’s report and await further update on Lute’s contacts
United Nations.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis/CNA
The members of the Security Council of the United Nations who met on Tuesday and heard an update from the UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, on the situation in Cyprus, urged all involved parties to engage constructively in finding a way ahead on the settlement of the Cyprus issue in line with the recommendations of the Secretary General’s report and prepare well for the way ahead without unreasonable delays.
Sacha Sergio Llorenti Soliz, Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the United Nations and President of the Security Council told the press after the meeting that the members thanked the Secretary General for his report of 15 October 2018 and welcomed his decision to ask Jane Holl Lute to continue discussions with the parties with a view to achieving a consensus starting point for a possible negotiated conclusion to the Cyprus issue.
“They reiterated the importance of a comprehensive and durable settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation in line with Security Council resolutions, and their conviction that many benefits would flow from it,” he noted.
“They welcomed the intended commitment of the parties to reaching a mutually acceptable and durable solution and in that respect were encouraged by the meeting of the two leaders in Nicosia on 26 October 2018; in particular their agreement to open two crossing points on 12 November. They urged the two leaders to build on this positive step with further confidence-building measures as soon as possible; and noted the importance of civil society engagement, particularly women and youth,” said the President of the Security Council.
He added that the members reiterated their support for a Cypriot-led process and reaffirmed the primary role of the United Nations in assisting the parties to reach a settlement, recalling their previous resolutions on this issue.
“The Members of the Security Council urged all involved parties to engage constructively with openness and creativity in finding a way ahead on the settlement of the Cyprus issue in line with the recommendations of the Secretary General’s report and prepare well for the way ahead without unreasonable delays” he noted, adding that they looked forward to further updates on the progress of Holl Lute’s discussions with the parties.
DiCarlo briefs Security Council on Guterres’ report about his good offices mission for Cyprus
Unofficial deliberations on the UN Secretary General`s latest report on his good offices mission for Cyprus have begun at the UN Security Council. The members of the Council will be briefed by UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo,
After the conclusion of the meeting, a press statement is expected to be issued by the Chairman of the Council Sacha, Sergio Llorentty Solíz, who will express the Council`s support to the Secretary General`s and his envoy`s, Jane Holl Lute, efforts.
No statements are expected by Di Carlo.
Proceeding to the meeting, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Jonathan Allen noted that this will be the first discussion by the Council since the Secretary-General issued his report and that the UK welcomes that report and in particular the Secretary-General`s intention to ask Jane Holl Lute to carry on her consultations, to try and find greater consensus between the sides.
“And we ask all sides to engage constructively with Jane Holl Lute as indeed the UK will as one of the guarantor powers in Cyprus. We remain firmly of the view that we need to see a settlement of the Cyprus question. It needs to be comprehensive. It needs to be, of course, mutually acceptable and durable and it needs to be based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, as Security Council resolutions have made clear for a number of years,” Allen said.