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UN envoy deemed ''unworthy to lead''

Turkish Cypriot Civil Servants Union (KTAMS) and the Teachers' Union (KTOS) jointly criticized UN Envoy Holguin Cuellar due to her perceived ''reluctance'' to engage in meaningful talks


According to a report by Kathimerini's Yiannis Ioannou in this Sunday's print edition, efforts to restart negotiations on the Cyprus problem hit a snag as the Turkish Cypriot Civil Servants Union (KTAMS) and the Teachers' Union (KTOS) jointly criticized UN Personal Envoy Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar. They described her as "unworthy to lead" due to her perceived reluctance to engage in meaningful dialogue on the issue. The statement follows a meeting between Holguin and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, where Tatar reiterated his stance on "sovereign equality" and a "two-state solution," further complicating efforts to find common ground.

As Holguin concludes her visit to Cyprus, concerns linger among observers about Tatar's steadfast position, which poses a significant obstacle to progress in resolving the longstanding conflict. Despite Olgin's efforts to facilitate discussions, including exploring the possibility of joint meetings with both leaders, Tatar remains resistant to certain diplomatic initiatives.

Holguin's approach is characterized by three key pillars: a realistic assessment of the current stalemate, extensive international diplomacy to gather support, and a focus on finding a breakthrough, possibly through a meeting between the two leaders in New York next September.

The future of the Cyprus problem hinges largely on Turkey's stance, with President Erdogan's approval seen as crucial for any significant developments. However, the deeply entrenched positions of the two sides and waning international interest present formidable challenges to progress.

As the Cyprus issue enters a lull, attention turns to upcoming discussions at the United Nations General Assembly in September. Holguin is expected to consult closely with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to chart a path forward amidst the backdrop of the 50th anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion.

While a meeting between Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis and Erdogan offers a glimmer of hope, it is unlikely to provide a quick fix to the complex issue. Nevertheless, close coordination between Nicosia and Athens signals a united front in addressing the frozen conflict.

As tensions persist, the Cyprus conundrum remains a formidable challenge, with no immediate resolution in sight.

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