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UN Under-Secretary-General navigates key agreements and envoy talks

Jean-Pierre Lacroix's visit highlights progress on Arsos-Pyla road and ongoing consultations

Newsroom / CNA

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, who is carrying a three-day visit to Cyprus will visit the area of Pyla and the fenced-off city of Varoshia today.

Sources told CNA that the UN high-ranking official visits will be closed to the media. Lacroix’s visit to Pyla comes following an understanding reached over the construction of the Arsos- Pyla road adjacent to the UN buffer zone. Based on the understanding reached, a single urban development area will be created, which will ensure the harmonious coexistence of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in the area of Pyla and, will include, among other things, a large area of residential development, the paving of a road leading towards Troulloi village, the creation of photovoltaic parks and the expansion of the urban use area of the village.

“We're looking forward to the implementation of the agreement and UNFICYP will continue to engage with the two sides so that the implementation, of this important agreement, can take place,” Lacroix said after a meeting with the Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides yesterday.

Meanwhile, after his meeting yesterday with President Christodoulides, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations reported the active consultation by the UN Secretary-General with both sides regarding the appointment of a Cyprus problem envoy. Moreover, they also discussed the Republic of Cyprus's support for UNFICYP, the positive developments related to the Arsos-Pyla road agreement, and regional situations, including Gaza.

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