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60 years of UN presence: Cyprus conflict 'resolvable,' says Stewart

Stewart's plea: Cyprus peace demands political courage, compromise


Colin Stewart, the UN Special Representative overseeing the Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), expressed optimism about resolving the longstanding Cyprus problem. Speaking at an event marking 60 years of UNFICYP's presence on the island, Stewart highlighted the need for political courage and compromise to achieve a solution.

Stewart noted a "glimmer of opportunity" in current developments, citing improved relations between Greece and Turkey and active efforts by the Greek Cypriot leader to restart the political process. He emphasized the importance of seizing the moment, especially with the recent appointment of Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar as the UN Secretary-General's personal envoy on Cyprus.

Despite past unsuccessful negotiations, Stewart believes that each round of talks has brought the parties closer to a settlement. He emphasized the significance of Holguin's appointment as a renewed opportunity for progress.

The event also unveiled a monument outside Ledra Palace in Nicosia dedicated to UN peacekeepers and their contributions to peace in Cyprus. Stewart highlighted the sacrifices made by peacekeepers over the past 60 years, emphasizing the importance of their dedication.

Representatives from various countries laid wreaths at the monument, honoring the contributions and sacrifices of UN peacekeepers. The event underscored the enduring commitment to finding a peaceful resolution to the Cyprus issue, which has persisted since 1974 despite numerous UN-led peace talks.

The ceremony provided a moment of reflection on the ongoing efforts to achieve peace in Cyprus and honored the legacy of those who have served in UNFICYP over the past six decades.

[With information sourced from CNA]

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