NICOSIA - Everybody knows that the UN-brokered Cyprus peace process is not easy but it is very promising that both sides sincerely wish for an overall settlement, Slovak Ambassador Oxana Tomova said on Wednesday.
Tomova, under whose auspices the monthly meetings of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot politicians take place at the Ledra palace also said that the peace process is at the moment ‘frozen’.
“And that is one more reason why bi-communal meetings of political parties are more important than before, the peace talks can be resumed we should all give a helping hand towards that goal,” she added.
Tomova was addressing a bi-communal reception at the buffer zone to mark the new year’s first meeting of the politicians.
“We believe there is ground for the two community leaders in Cyprus to restart the negotiations so that the right path is found to lead Cyprus towards A netter more peaceful and prosperous future,” she said.
In the meantime, UN special envoy on Cyprus Alexander Downer was expected on Wednesday evening to brief in New York the UN Security Council on the peace process’ latest developments.
The renewal of the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus for another six months will be voted next week.
No surprises are expected even though relations between Downer and President Anastasiades have reached rock bottom level with the Australian envoy being publicly accused of lacking objectivity.