The United Nations confirmed on Thursday that it would hold a five-party meeting in Geneva in April to examine the prospect of solving the Cyprus mystery.
“The purpose of the meeting will be to determine whether the parties have a common ground to negotiate a permanent solution to the Cyprus problem within a foreseeable horizon,” UN Secretary-General Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in one Explanation.
The unofficial meeting, which will take place April 27-29, is the first since 2017 when talks about the de facto divided island collapsed.
Commenting on the announcement, Greece, which, along with Britain and Turkey, is a guarantor power on the island, said the aim of the talks was “to find common ground that will lead to substantial negotiations on solving the Cyprus problem”.
While each side has its own red lines, the solution for Greece must be based on the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and in accordance with EU law, which support the formation of a bicommunal, bizonal association.
On the other hand, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that since the country “cannot agree on the association”, the sides need to meet to discuss which items should be put on the agenda and to “find a formula for lasting To find a solution ”. Turkish-owned state media reported.
The unofficial talks will take place one month after a progress report by EU foreign policy leader Josep Borrell on Turkey and an EU summit scheduled for March 25-26.