Despite stalls in negotiations and four decades of failure, the Cyprus unity talks now are progressing, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, without offering any evidence.
He said that was the last assessment “last we heard,” although both Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have spoken little in the past few months.
Akinci said previously this year could be the last chance for a settlement that has evaded diplomats for years and as the current talks, which started well last year after his election, have sputtered.
“Finding a settlement in Cyprus should not be like when one talks about 60% or 70% of things,” Dujarric said when asked about estimates there is a 60% chance a deal can be reached.
“The Secretary General’s Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide is continuing with the discussions,” he said without elaborating on where they stood. pointed out.
“When we are ready to announce something, we will, but we will refrain from making predictions,” Dujarric said, repeating a common UN stance.
Cyprus has been divided since Turkey unlawfully in 1974 and as Ankara keeps a standing army in the northern third it occupies and which only it recognizes.