The Group of facilitators for Cyprus is composed of the following members, all of which currently belong to Twelve Plus national groups:
Group of Facilitators for Cyprus
Our Group of Facilitators for Cyprus has its roots in a Committee created in 1991 to monitor the situation on the divided island. The Committee supported the UN Secretary-General’s good offices mission and held twice-yearly hearings involving the political representatives of the two Cypriot communities (Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot) and the three Guarantor Powers—Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
In 1998, the Committee’s mandate came to an end and our Governing Council backed a recommendation to replace it with a three-member Group of Facilitators to continue contacts between the parties concerned.
The mechanism used by the Group allows representatives of political parties from both communities of the island to be invited, on the basis of political equality, to meet our facilitators once a year at an IPU Assembly.
In recent talks, political parties from both sides of the island expressed support for the leaders of the two communities. They encouraged the leaders to continue to engage in negotiations aimed at achieving a solution for the unification of Cyprus based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, and political equality in accordance with relevant United Nations resolutions.
The group’s work is part of our overall commitment to peace and security. It reports to our Governing Council.