UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe In the meeting which was a long, substantive meeting on Sunday, the 25th of September he said that he personally, and the whole UN system, including myself; all of us are fully dedicated to doing whatever we can to coordinate between them, but also with other players, and to look for the physical and the mental space, and to provide that so that the most difficult issues can be solved. Because the challenge we have now I said a vast array of issues are done, even very difficult ones were moving into the most difficult phase but these issues are connected. So you cannot do an issue one day and then three weeks later do another one, because these issues need a simultaneous accommodation, and thats the space we are looking for now. UN News Centre: So these issues need to be sequenced very carefully and choreographed, and will the UN be playing a role in that? Espen Barth Eide: Very much so, but always under the guidance of the Cypriots because, and I repeat that, because it is very important that they know we are there to help them. see thisWe the Secretary-General, the Security Council, the European Union, the whole world basically would warmly welcome a positive breakthrough along the lines that the leaders are seeking, but I would also say a settlement in Cyprus will be a source of inspiration for the neighbourhood and for the world. Our Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has said repeatedly that he sees Colombia and Cyprus as two of the very few opportunities to see that age-old conflicts are overcome. Interestingly at the end of the meeting on the 25th of September, the Secretary-General flew to Cartagena to be present at the signing of the Colombia peace accord, and obviously he would like to see he could do something similar in the near future also in Cyprus. UN News Centre: Is there a real danger that the last 50 years could be for nothing and that we could face going back to the status quo, as it was in 1974 a position of conflict between the two communities? Espen Barth Eide: On the first part of that question, I would say yes, there is definitely a risk that we lose what we now have achieved because we have, in a sense, arrived at a plateau, from which you can either go to a solution or a downward spiral.
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