United Nations.- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed hope that the obstacles in the Cyprus talks will be overcome and the procedure will soon move forward, a diplomatic source told the Cyprus News Agency.
Guterres received on Wednesday the credentials of the new Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations, ambassador Kornelios Korneliou.
The same source told the CNA that the Cypriot ambassador informed the Secretary General that the meeting between the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, that was scheduled for Thursday, will not take place, following the Turkish Cypriot leader`s decision not to attend the meeting and the conditions put forward by the Turkish side.
The Secretary General reiterated his personal interest and his support for the procedure aiming to to reunify the island under a federal roof, noting the key role of the two sides and the guarantor powers.
During the meeting the Permanent Representative briefed the Secretary General about the positions of the Cypriot Government over the latest developments in the Cyprus talks, a press release of the Permanent Representation of Cyprus in New York, said.
“The Secretary General assured the Permanent Representative that he will continue his efforts to reach a lasting and mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem and stressed that he looks forward to a continuous close cooperation with Cyprus, as a UN Member State” the press release said.