‘Two-state solution a non-starter’, UN chief assures Anastasiades

A two-state solution in Cyprus is a non-starter, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, according to President Nicos Anastasiades, who met with the UN chief on Friday in Brussels.

Anastasiades met Guterres on Friday morning. Guterres also met later with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar.

According to Anastasiades, Guterres told him that a two-state solution was a “non-starter”, clarifying that the terms of his mandate were clear and provided for a solution based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation (BBF), with political equality in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions.

“He acknowledged that the Turkish positions were hampering efforts to resume talks but said that he would continue to work to create the conditions for a meaningful dialogue,” Anastasiades said.