UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced that there would be no Cyprus reunification for the time being. These negotiations reached a disappointing dead end on Friday morning. The session closed with incriminations which shuttered the possibility of a reconciliation of the past for the sake of a fruitful future.
The Cyprus Problem Remained Unsolved since 1974
Antonio Guterres announced the world during a news conference that the negotiations on Cyprus reached no agreement. On the contrary, the fruits of large efforts of delegates to commit to a better future were crushed under anger and incriminations.
“…the conference on Cyprus was closed without an agreement being reached.”
Two years ago, the two parties took upon themselves the challenge to dissolve the negative aspects of the past and solve the problem with divided Cyprus islands. This region was pulled apart between Greeks and Turkish Cypriots in 1974. Since then, locals encountered numerous issues which led to massive population displacements.
The resolution of these talks was about to reach a conclusion on Thursday. This was when Guterres met with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades to persuade them to negotiate a Cyprus reunification. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attempted to encourage the parties to unite the east Mediterranean islands by phone. He stated that they were confronted with a historic chance to make things right.
UN Secretary General Guterres Believes That There Would Be Other Opportunities for a Cyprus Reunification
It seems that this opportunity did not prevail as Turkish side wasn’t ready to meet Greeks half way. They didn’t want to accommodate under any circumstances Greek Cypriots’ demand for Turkey to withdraw its military forces from the island. Turkey didn’t even consider the most sensible solution in this case, namely a rotating presidency.
As a consequence, Guterres closed the session for good on Friday 2 a.m. This was when the talks turned into furious exchanges of incriminations which would have yielded no results whatsoever. On the other hand, Guterres is confident that there are still other viable solutions to solve the Cyprus problem once and for all.
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