Foreign Minister of Britain will take part in the talks on Cyprus in Switzerland

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotobanka the British foreign office, Boris Johnson. Archival photoForeign Minister of Britain will take part in the talks on Cyprus in Switzerland© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

The British foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will take part in the international meeting on Cyprus in Switzerland and will meet with the participants of the negotiations on a Cyprus settlement.

«The foreign Minister will depart today to Switzerland to support the negotiations under the mediation of the UN and aimed at resolving the long-standing problem of Cyprus,» — said in a release sent to RIA Novosti the foreign Ministry of great Britain.

To accompany Johnson in the trip will be Minister for Europe sir Alan Duncan.

«Upon arrival in Switzerland tonight, the Minister must conduct a series of meetings with the parties and to attend the opening of the conference», — notes the Agency.

«He is expected to urge everyone to «see in front of the goal» and noted that «the status quo is fraught with risks, and only changes able to realize the possibilities of a unified Cyprus». He will also point to «the opportunity to move beyond the past and to pave the way into a new future», — stated in the message.

While Johnson, in his speech emphasize that the parties to the process will have to make hard political decisions, to be flexible and to compromise.

«The UK is ready and happy to help where we can,» said the Minister in advance of travel.

In Crans-Montana in Switzerland on 28 June, a new round of talks on Cyprus. The conference is called «Geneva 2» in January and February in Switzerland held the first round of negotiations ended inconclusively due to disagreements. The conference will be attended by the leaders of the two communities of Cyprus, the representatives of the countries-guarantors — Greece, Turkey and the UK, and the EU representative as an observer.

Cyprus de facto divided with 1974 years after the military invasion of Turkey, responding to a coup attempt in Cyprus with the participation of the Greek military. The Turkish armed forces on the night of 21 July 1974 invaded Northern Cyprus and occupied 37% of territory of the country. In 1983 in the occupied territories was proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus which is recognized only by Turkey. Talks on the reunification of Cyprus resumed in February 2014 after a two year hiatus.

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