NICOSIA - The United Nations welcomes the participation of the European Union in the Cyprus peace talks and remains committed to assisting both parties in finding a lasting political solution to end the division of the island.
In a statement, in which the UN in Cyprus "refutes allegations made in the media on 28 October 2013 concerning the existence of a letter by the Special Adviser of the Secretary General in Cyprus, Mr. Alexander Downer, to European Commission President, Mr. José Manuel Barroso," the Spokesperson of the UN in Cyprus notes that the UN "welcomes the participation of the EU in the Cyprus peace talks."
"Over the past four years, the UN in Cyprus has benefitted from the regular presence of a Personal Representative of the European Commission President, appointed by Mr. Barroso to assist the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General in Cyprus and his team. Currently, the Personal Representative of Mr. Barroso is Mr. Pieter Van Nuffel of the European Commission’s legal service," the Spokesperson says.
He adds that "the UN in Cyprus considers the dissemination of incorrect information particularly unhelpful at this stage of the talks," noting that "the resulting speculation constitutes an unwelcome distraction."
"The UN in Cyprus remains committed to assisting both parties in finding a lasting political solution to end the division of the island," the Spokesperson concludes.