In a significant political development, the Government Spokesperson of Cyprus, Mr. Konstantinos Letympiotis, has announced the Republic of Cyprus's consent to a proposal from the UN Secretary-General. The proposal involves the appointment of a special envoy tasked with exploring the possibilities of resuming negotiations aimed at resolving the long-standing Cyprus issue.
During a press briefing held at the Presidential Palace, Mr. Letympiotis announced that Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar has been appointed as the Special Envoy to Cyprus by the UN Secretary-General. Ms. Cuellar will serve for a period of six months, during which she will assess the prospects of restarting substantive dialogue on the Cyprus problem. The Republic of Cyprus has, in a significant move, granted its consent to Ms. Cuellar's appointment.
The Road to Resolution
The goal of these negotiations is to arrive at a sustainable, definitive settlement of the Cyprus problem within the agreed framework and in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. The Republic of Cyprus has reiterated its political will and readiness to restart negotiations from where they left off, expressing hope for a positive response from the other side as soon as possible.
Mr. Letympiotis highlighted the potential impact of Greece-Turkey relations on the Cyprus issue. The improvement in these relations is seen as a positive development that could significantly influence the progress of the Cyprus negotiations. Athens and Nicosia are working closely together to maximize this potential.
During the same briefing, the spokesperson also mentioned the extension of the application period for the board of the Public Gas Corporation (DEFA). Additionally, a strategic agreement was announced between the Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) of Greece and the Euroasia Interconnector. This agreement is expected to end Cyprus's electrical isolation and establish a new energy corridor in the Eastern Mediterranean. Funded by EUR 657 million in grants from the EU, this emblematic project aims to integrate Cyprus into the European transmission system and attract significant investments from regional state funds.