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UN envoy stresses need for Cypriot leadership in reconciliation efforts

Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar urges Cypriots to push leaders for a better future


The UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy to Cyprus, Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar, expressed optimism for Cyprus’s future reconciliation in an open letter ahead of her report to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on July 10. Holguin emphasized the need for determination from Cypriot leaders and the importance of moving past unfulfilled expectations.

Holguin, who began her term in February, highlighted her ongoing commitment to exploring viable solutions for Cyprus. She urged all Cypriots to support and press their leaders for progress, emphasizing that a shared future could bring significant opportunities for all. "We must think differently, remaining convinced that a common future will bring great opportunities for all Cypriots," Holguin stated.

Reflecting on her meetings with Cypriot leaders and citizens, Holguin noted the importance of understanding the island's complex history while focusing on future solutions. She stressed that past confrontations and disappointments should not hinder progress towards a united Cyprus.

Holguin also highlighted similarities between Cyprus and her native Colombia, noting the potential for peace and prosperity in Cyprus. "Cyprus is a new country and at the same time familiar. I never imagined that I would find landscapes like those in my home country of Colombia on this beautiful island," she said.

Her letter underscored the need for a holistic approach to reconciliation, acknowledging the deeply ingrained beliefs and experiences of Cypriots. She called for innovative solutions and the creation of a positive climate for negotiations, emphasizing the role of youth in shaping a hopeful future.

Holguin's message was welcomed by Nicosia, with Government Spokesman Constantinos Letymbiotis describing it as an encouraging sign of her strong commitment to resolving the Cyprus problem. He reiterated the government's readiness to support Holguin’s efforts and emphasized President Nicos Christodoulides' priority to resume negotiations for a bizonal bicommunal federation with political equality.

The UN envoy concluded by reaffirming her dedication to finding a sustainable solution for Cyprus. "I remain optimistic and I ask all Cypriots to encourage and press their leaders to work for a better and safer future. Leaders must show will and determination to make real progress," she said.

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