The UN Secretary-General said that Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot rivals did not find sufficient common ground to restart the formal peace negotiations after a three-day summit.
Speaking on Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a press conference in Geneva that negotiations in the Swiss city have failed to break a dead end in the peace negotiations.
“The truth is that at the end of our efforts, we have not yet found sufficient common ground to allow formal negotiations to resume”, Guterres told reporters. He added that the UN would join “Probably two or three months” try again.
The parties had been engaged in a three-day summit led by the UN but involving the leaders of the Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots and foreign ministers of the three guaranteeing powers: the United Kingdom, Greece and Turkey.
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Guterres had stated that the purpose of the meeting was to “To determine if there is common ground for the parties to negotiate a lasting solution to the Cyprus problem within a foreseeable horizon.”
The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded the north of the island after a coup attempt by forces aiming to join Greece. Three attempts to reunify the island have failed since 2004. Greek Cyprus has been a member of the EU since 2004 and is therefore part of the customs union.
The island, which gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1960, is also home to British Overseas Territory and military installations.
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