The UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric emphasized that the UN will not propose an envoy, mediator or a negotiator between the involved parties in Cyprus unless both parties agree on that person.

According to press conference reports on the official website of the UN, UNSG Spokesperson Dujarric made the following statement regarding the assignment of Jane Holl Lute:

“It’s a case of people speculating without any official announcement from our part.  We will announce what we need to announce when we feel the situation is ready.  Cyprus, like most of the issues we deal with, is delicate and complex.”

Responding to a question regarding the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ proposal to send Jean Marie Guéhenno as the Cyprus envoy, and the fact that he was rejected by one of the sides on the grounds that he is from an EU member state, Dujarric said: “The UN will not propose an envoy, mediator or negotiator between the parties if one of the parties does not agree with that person. However, regarding Mr. Guéhenno, I have no specific comment.”