Tatar receives Stewart
Date Added: 03 July 2024, 14:44

President Ersin Tatar received the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Chief of Mission for the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Colin Stewart.

Following the meeting, both President Tatar and Colin Stewart made separate statements to the press.

Stewart indicated that their discussion would inform the main topics of his upcoming briefing and the report to the Security Council.

He voiced concerns about the increasing militarization of the buffer zone by both sides, noting the lack of progress in de-escalating tensions despite the Security Council’s calls for mutual restraint.

The President emphasized the importance of resolving these matters at the state level through the Immovable Property Commission (IPC),which he reminded was recognized by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) as an effective domestic remedy.

Reflecting on his recent meeting in London with Maria Angela Holguin, the Personal Representative of the UN Secretary-General, President Tatar reiterated that any new negotiation process can only commence if there is recognition of sovereign equality and equal international status for the Turkish Cypriots.