23 November 2016 – The Secretary-General spoke today to H.E. Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, Greek Cypriot Leader, and to H.E. Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, Turkish Cypriot leader, in the wake of the second round of the Cyprus negotiations that took place in Switzerland from 20 to 21 November.
The Secretary-General called on both leaders to reflect on the situation following the impasse they had reached and to carefully consider the next steps in order to bring the process back on track.
The Secretary-General emphasized that it was not uncommon for peace processes to be confronted with crises, particularly at the last difficult stretch. The Secretary-General encouraged Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akıncı to rise above the mounting pressures and be courageous in overcoming the challenges.
The Secretary-General recalled the common determination and vision both leaders shared when he met them at the opening of the first round of the talks at Mont Pèlerin, Switzerland, on 7 November. The Secretary-General encouraged Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akıncı to continue the negotiations and strive to achieve an agreement this year for the sake of future generations.
The Secretary-General offered his good offices to assist in any way the two leaders wish in order to move the peace process forward.