NICOSIA, Cyprus — A United Nations official mentioned on Tuesday that her expertise in negotiating an finish to many years of battle in her native Colombia could assist her as she seeks to rekindle talks over Cyprus’ ethnic division.
María Ángela Holguín Cuellar, the U.N. chief’s new private envoy for Cyprus, mentioned she believes she will work with each Greek Cypriots within the island’s internationally acknowledged south and Turkish Cypriots within the breakaway north to get them again to the negotiating desk after years of full stalemate.
“I used to be a part of that crew that we lastly reached a peace settlement” in Colombia, Holguín informed reporters after her first assembly with the Greek Cypriot President of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides. “And I believe I can collaborate and do all my greatest for … outcome for Cyprus.”
Holguín served as Colombia’s high diplomat throughout 2010-2018 and because the nation’s consultant to the U.N. throughout 2004-2006. It’s her first journey to the east Mediterranean island nation after her appointment earlier this month.
She can be assembly with Turkish Cypriot chief Ersin Tatar afterward Tuesday and can individually contact girls’s organizations and different civil society teams over the subsequent few days for a first-hand evaluation to gauge whether or not circumstances have ripened for a resumption of full-fledged peace talks.
Cyprus was divided alongside ethnic strains in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup mounted by Greek junta-backed supporters of union with Greece. Solely Turkey acknowledges a 1983 Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence and maintains greater than 35,000 troops within the island’s northern third.
A Cyprus peace deal would scale back a supply of potential battle subsequent door to an unstable Center East and permit for the better harnessing of hydrocarbon reserves within the japanese Mediterranean Sea’s pure gas-rich waters.
However Holguín faces a troublesome process as the 2 sides have grown more and more aside within the years for the reason that final main push to achieve a peace settlement in the summertime of 2017. The truth that U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres has dispatched an envoy to inform him if it’s value one other U.N. – facilitated spherical of negotiations signifies the diploma of warning the world physique is approaching the battle after half a century of failure.
Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots say the one strategy to peace is a two-state deal, ditching an settlement to reunify the island as a federation composed of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot zones.
The bulk Greek Cypriots reject something that may formalize a partition, in addition to calls for for a Turkish Cypriot veto on all federal-level authorities selections, everlasting Turkish troop presence and Turkish navy intervention rights.
Cyprus authorities spokesman Constantinos Letymbiotis dismissed Tatar’s comment that Holguín’s time to achieve any evaluation is restricted to some months.
“There’s no timetable, there no time restrict,” he mentioned. “Actually, we imagine that if there’s the identical political will from the opposite facet, the resumption of talks can occur in a short time.”