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27 May, 2024
 
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Cuellar urges Cyprus leaders to listen to civil society for progress

Cyprus faces crucial weeks as UN envoy calls for action

Yiannis Ioannou

Yiannis Ioannou

The UN's personal envoy, Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar, didn't arrange a trilateral meeting with the two leaders during her third visit to Cyprus. Instead, she delivered a diplomatically and politically astute message, urging the leaders to listen to civil society and the international community to make progress on the island.

Holguin's message is directed at both the leaders and the broader political elite, including Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. Drawing from her experience as a former Foreign Minister of Colombia, she brings insights from a nation that faced similar challenges yet achieved successful outcomes. Her expertise is particularly relevant given Cyprus's longstanding unresolved issue, contrasting with Colombia's own peace process, which saw regional implications.

Recognized as a skilled UN envoy despite the complexities of Cyprus, Holguin possesses a unique ability to articulate the core issues underlying the island's decades-long deadlock. Her familiarity with Colombia's historical context, where peace efforts faced stagnation and regional destabilization, offers valuable perspective for stakeholders in Cyprus. Understanding these parallels could pave the way for progress, transcending entrenched positions, such as those advocated by Mr. Tatar regarding sovereign equality and recognition of the "TRNC".

Moving forward, resolving the Cyprus issue presents formidable challenges, whether in breaking the seven-year impasse or determining the path forward. This reality necessitates a strategic and existential reckoning, transcending mere rhetoric and embracing substantive engagement. Holguin's presence underscores the urgency of this moment, with the next few weeks poised to shape the island's trajectory.

In conclusion, the resolution of the Cyprus issue remains elusive, yet stakeholders must confront its complexities with pragmatism and resolve. Holguin's tenure exemplifies the need for strategic engagement, recognizing the nuances of the situation beyond symbolic gestures.

 [This article was translated from its Greek original]

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