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22-07-2021 09:22

Κλειστές διαβουλεύσεις του Συμβουλίου Ασφαλείας του ΟΗΕ για την UNFICYP

Το Συμβούλιο Ασφαλείας του ΟΗΕ, υπό την προεδρία του Μονίμου Αντιπροσώπου της Γαλλίας, Πρέσβη Nicolas de Rivière, είχε χθες, 21 Ιουλίου 2021, το πρωί, κλειστές διαβουλεύσεις για την Ειρηνευτική Δύναμη του Διεθνούς Οργανισμού στην Κύπρο, UNFICYP.

H Ειδική Αντιπρόσωπος του Γενικού Γραμματέα του ΟΗΕ στην Κύπρο και Επικεφαλής της UNFICYP, κα Elizabeth Spehar, ενημέρωσε κατά τη διάρκεια των διαβουλεύσεων τα μέλη του Συμβουλίου Ασφαλείας σχετικά με την κατάσταση και τις πρόσφατες εξελίξεις στην Κύπρο, ενόψει της ψηφοφορίας για την υιοθέτηση του ψηφίσματος για ανανέωση της θητείας της Δύναμης. Η εντολή της UNFICYP λήγει στις 31 Ιουλίου 2021, και το Συμβούλιο Ασφαλείας αναμένεται να ανανεώσει τη θητεία της μέχρι τις 31 Ιανουαρίου 2022, σε ανοικτή συνεδρίαση στις 29 Ιουλίου.

Αμέσως μετά την ενημέρωση, η κα Spehar προέβη σε δηλώσεις προς τον τύπο. Οι δηλώσεις ακολουθούν αυτούσιες στην αγγλική γλώσσα:

“As you know I’ve just concluded the briefing to the Security Council on Cyprus, in closed consultations. I had a good a constructive discussion with the members of the Security Council on the state of play and on recent developments on Cyprus.

I was very pleased to be able to brief the Council in person, after not having been able to do so for the past two sessions due to COVID-19. The Council members expressed strong support for the work of the two Missions, and for the Secretary-General’s efforts to revive the peace process. These are difficult times. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on Cyprus as and many parts of the world. There are also significant challenges on Cyprus with respect to the peace process. As you know there been no peace talks for more than four years and situation has become much more complicated.

After the informal 5+1 meeting hosted by the Secretary-General in Geneva in April, consultations continue in an effort to find common ground on the way forward. As you also know the Secretary-General remains committed to assist the parties in reaching a comprehensive settlement, and remains guided by the relevant Security Council resolutions, which have established the United Nations parameters. As you can appreciate, I briefed the Council on the most recent developments with respect to Varosha. Both with respect to the situation on the ground as observed by our UN peacekeepers and on the various statements and announcements of intend for the fenced-off area.

I expressed the Secretariat’s deep concern over the recent developments and their negative impact on the relations between the parties and the possibility to return to viable settlement talks.

The Council is still deliberating on the issue of Varosha and the Secretariat will make further announcement into course. I recalled to the Council that the Secretary-General has consistently called on the parties to avoid any unilateral actions that could increase tensions and derail the efforts to continue the dialogue in search of common ground, including in Varosha.

As this was my last briefing in this capacity, I thanked the Council for the strong cooperation and support for my work and the work of the two Missions on the ground over these past years.

Thank you very much.”

(ΝΓ/ΕΧΡ)