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Maria Angela Cuellar leads UN efforts in Cyprus

Cuellar's appointment to alter Cyprus dynamics


In a recent announcement, the United Nations has designated Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar as the new personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Cyprus issue.

As reported by CNA, Cuellar is tasked with the crucial mission of seeking common ground and providing strategic advice to address the challenges in Cyprus.

During a Monday briefing, Florencia Soto Niño, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, faced inquiries regarding the mandate and duration of Cuellar's role.

Journalists referred to the Turkish Cypriot side's statement, emphasizing Ersin Tatar's acceptance based on a pre-established agreement. This agreement outlines a six-month term, focusing on the sole mandate to explore common ground for initiating formal negotiations between the two sides.

The journalist pressed further, citing the Turkish foreign ministry's stance, prompting Ms. Niño to clarify the specifics of the mandate and duration. In response, Niño stated, "Frankly, I have nothing more to say other than what is mentioned in her appointment."

Niño underscored that Cuellar's primary objectives are to seek common ground for the way forward and provide valuable advice on the Cyprus issue. When questioned about the duration of Cuellar's term, Niño could only confirm her imminent assumption of the post, promising updates as more information becomes available.

The international community awaits Cuellar's contributions as she steps into this pivotal role to address the longstanding challenges in Cyprus. Stay tuned for further developments.

[With information sourced from CNA]

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