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Nicosia gives consent for UNSG’s envoy on Cyprus issue

Nicosia has given its consent to the UN Secretary General for the appointment of a certain personality as his envoy on the Cyprus issue, Government Spokesman Konstantinos Letymbiotis said on Wednesday.

In statements during a media briefing, he announced that the Republic of Cyprus has given its consent as regards the UN Secretary General’s proposal for the appointment of an envoy on the Cyprus problem.

“We expect a positive response from the Turkish Cypriot side as well,” he added.

Invited to confirm the name of the envoy as it was reported by the media, he said that they could not confirm anything yet and that they are waiting for the UN Secretary General’s announcement.

Sources told CNA earlier that the UN Secretary – General, Antonio Guterres has proposed that former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Maria Ángela Holguín Cuéllar, is appointed as his envoy on the Cyprus issue.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.