UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said there is no deadline at the Greentree meeting, noting however that the Cyprus talks cannot go on the way they do and the leaders will have to agree as much as possible during their next meeting in New York.
In remarks at the United Nations Correspondents’ Association dinner on Friday, Ban was asked whether the Greentree meeting, which will take place at the end of this month, will be the last chance to achieve peace in the UN-backed talks for a solution to the Cyprus problem.
“There is no deadline as such. But I have made it quite clear that we cannot go on this way, and considering that Cyprus is going to take the Presidency of the European Union from July 1st, then there is not much time left”.
Therefore, he said, “I urged them, the two leaders, to do as much as possible and agree as much as possible during the January 23rd and 24th negotiation in Greentree, and think about the possibility of moving towards the international conference that was announced by me at the conclusion of our meeting last year”.
Ban said he hoped that before they go to New York, the leaders will “engage continuously in that negotiation”. He said the leaders are going to meet again on January 9th and hoped “there will be a good result”.
Asked on what condition he would say to the leaders that he is out of the peace process, the UN Secretary General replied “we will have to assess this in our discussions later”.