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Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias following the Informal Five-party meeting on the Cyprus issue convened by the UN Secretary-General (Geneva, 29 April 2021)

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias following the Informal Five-party meeting on Cyprus convened by the UN Secretary-General (Geneva, 29 April 2021)"Greece attended the Informal Five-Party Meeting convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations with the aim of creating conditions that would allow negotiations to resume within the framework explicitly set by the United Nations Security Council, namely that of a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

In this context, we came to this meeting underscoring that any solution must be fully compatible not only with these parameters, but also with the European acquis. We have shown a constructive stance. We have worked alongside the Republic of Cyprus to achieve this goal. Unfortunately, it was not possible to find common ground for the opening of negotiations in this context, due to the stance of the Turkish Cypriot and Turkish sides.

The Secretary-General announced that he will continue his efforts. He will convene a new informal five-party conference, which will take place in two or three months.

We made it clear that these efforts of the Secretary-General should be carried out within the agreed framework and the framework of his mandate. In other words, the framework of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions for seeking a solution within the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation. We emphasised once again that the UN Security Council Resolutions are fully binding for all sides."

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