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UN envoy urges leaders to heed public sentiments in Cyprus talks

Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar emphasizes the importance of listening to civil society for progress in resolving the island's division


UN Secretary-General's personal envoy for the Cyprus issue, Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar, emphasized the need for leaders to heed public sentiments and push for progress in resolving the longstanding division on Wednesday.

Following a meeting with Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides in Nicosia, Holguin described the discussions as "very constructive."

"I hope that the leaders are listening to the people, civil society, and I think it is the responsibility of the leaders," Holguin stressed, highlighting the importance of engaging with various sectors of society.

Expressing optimism for finding common ground, Holguin reiterated her commitment to advancing dialogue and fostering consensus.

In a separate statement, Government Spokesperson Konstantinos Letymbiotis expressed hope for the resumption of negotiations in the near future, following Holguin's upcoming meeting with President Christodoulides on May 13.

Holguin's diplomatic efforts come amid ongoing tensions over the island's division since 1974 when Turkey occupied its northern third. Despite repeated UN-led peace talks, a lasting solution remains elusive.

Holguin, appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in January, aims to facilitate progress in the Cyprus issue and build international support for a sustainable resolution.

[Information sourced from CNA]

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