UN chief submits Cyprus report to security council

By Betul Yuruk

UNITED NATIONS (AA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will submit a progress report to the security council this week on the UN mission to mediate between the two sides.

The report focuses on the UN delegation’s progress for the past six months towards reaching agreement to begin "meaningful results-oriented negotiations" between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and the Greek Cypriot Administration.

"It is my hope that the ongoing consultations will lead to a return to negotiations, to which I could devote the full weight of my good offices, with the aim of reaching a lasting resolution of the Cyprus issue," Guterres said in his report.

"I call on the two leaders, their communities, the guarantor powers, and other interested parties to engage in these efforts constructively, creatively and with the necessary sense of urgency," he added.

In the report, Guterres hailed two recent meetings between the leaders of the TRNC and the Greek Cypriot Administration as a "rare opportunity".

*Writing by Zehra Nur Duz

Over 1,000 rights advocates killed in 3 years: UN chief

                By Bayram Altug</p>    <p>GENEVA (AA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday said more than a thousand human rights advocates were killed over the past three years.</p>    <p>Speaking at the opening of the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council session in Switzerland's Geneva, Guterres pointed out that human rights were abused across the world.</p>    <p>&quot;However, I don't lose my hope,&quot; he said, adding that there were strong human rights and social justice movements across the globe despite the crises.</p>    <p>&quot;More than a thousand human rights defenders and journalists were killed over the past three years,&quot; he said.</p>    <p>However, the secretary-general didn't touch upon the incident of Jamal Khashoggi -- a Saudi journalist who was brutally killed in the Kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.</p>    <p>He noted that an abrupt increase in hostilities and hate speech against Muslims have been witnessed and said he has assigned Adama Dieng, his special advisor on genocide prevention, to lead the efforts in fighting hate speech.</p>    <p>On the issue of climate change, he said that more than 90 percent of the people in urban areas inhaled &quot;insecure&quot; air, and some 7 million people lost their lives annually due to air pollution.</p>    <p>The session, which is expected to attract the highest participation in recent years, focusses on numerous human rights topics in various parts of the world. </p>    <p>Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will also address the session. He is later expected to join the UN's Disarmament Conference in Geneva.</p>    <p>The session will also provide reports regarding the humanitarian situations in Syria, South Sudan, Burundi, and the occupied Palestine territories.</p>    <p>Furthermore, the session will focus on torture, migration problem, freedom of belief, combating terrorism, war crimes, women and children rights.

UN regrets Somalia’s decision to expel top diplomat

By Hassan Isilow

JOHANNESBURG (AA) – The United Nations Security Council has said it expects full cooperation between Somalia and the United Nations; days after the horn of Africa country expelled a top UN diplomat.

A statement released Sunday, said the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had expressed his deep regret on Friday following the decision by the Somali government to expel his special representative Nicholas Haysom.

“The members of the Security Council underlined that 2019 would be a critical year for Somalia, and called on its leaders to work together to advance political and security reform,” the statement said.

The communiqué further said despite the Security Council regrets Somalia’s decision, it still supports the international community’s efforts for peace in Somalia, but expects “full cooperation between Somalia and the United Nations,’’

The statement quotes Guterres saying “in the interests of putting the Somali people, and the work of UN mission in Somalia, he would be appointing a new Special Representative and head of mission, in due course"

Last week, the Somali government declared veteran South African lawyer and senior UN official Haysom, persona non grata for allegedly interfering in the country’s internal affairs.

Haysom is alleged to have questioned why the government was still holding a former commander of the al-Shabab insurgent group Mukhtar Robow who defected and was running for public office.

Supporters of Robow protested in the South West State of Somalia leading to the death of 15 people.

Erdogan, Trump meet over dinner in French capital

By Ilkay Guder

PARIS (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump chatted for a while on Saturday during a dinner hosted by the French leader.

Erdogan arrived in Paris on Saturday at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron to attend the Armistice Day commemorations.

The dinner was given by Macron in the honor of world leaders and their spouses who came to Paris to attend the event.

Sitting next to each other, Turkish and the U.S. presidents had some talks.

Following his arrival in Paris, Erdogan also received UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The closed-door meeting lasted 45 minutes.

During his two-day visit, Erdogan is expected to hold bilateral meetings with world leaders, particularly with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

Nov. 11 Armistice Day marks the 1918 end of World War between the Allies and their opponent, Germany, on land, sea, and air.

This year’s ceremonies — to be hosted by Macron in Paris — will also see the attendance of nearly 100 world leaders, including U.S. President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Turkish Cypriot leader: Focus on results-based solution

By Betul Yuruk

NEW YORK (AA) – It is necessary to aim a result-oriented, scheduled and strategic package deal for the Cyprus negotiation process, said the president of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on late Friday.

“The old negotiation process is now closed. It is not possible to reach a different result by repeating the same things,” TRNC President Mustafa Akinci told reporters following his meeting with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at UN headquarters in New York.

“Therefore, it is clear that the Greek Cypriots, who insists on open-ended negotiation, insists on the non-solution,” he added.

Akinci said Jane Holl Lute’s –- appointed by Guterres as the temporary advisor to conduct consultations on Cyprus – report was not ready yet, but the report would be delivered to him in the coming days and that he would re-engage with the parties in the light of the report.

He said the report was going to be submitted to Guterres in one or two weeks and to the UN Security Council on Oct. 15.

He added that the report was going to be discussed on Oct. 30.

Akinci said he shared their views about the process with Guterres and reminded him that it was the 50th year of the negotiations.

He also added that it was not possible to go out of the framework of the UN, as the issue was being discussed at the UN and with its Secretary-General.

"If there is going to be a solution, it'll be in this framework," he added.

– Turkish Cypriots took brave steps for solution

Recalling 2004 and 2017 attempts for a solution on Cyprus, Akinci said Guterres witnessed all the positive contributions from Turkish Cypriots to those processes.

Akinci also emphasized that the Turkish Cypriots boldly took steps to ensure a solution in all processes, but they remained unrequited.

In 2004, negotiations over Cyprus resumed after a UN-backed Annan Plan to reunify the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities.

The reunification talks — brokered by UN Special Cyprus Envoy Espen Barth Eide — were launched in May 2015 to discuss a permanent settlement for the divided Mediterranean island.

The status of the island remains unresolved in spite of a series of discussions that resumed in May 2015.

There has been an on-and-off peace process over recent years, the latest failed initiative having taken place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland in July under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey, Greece and the U.K., collapsing last year.

Turkey’s president meets Japanese, Iranian leaders

By Betul Yuruk

NEW YORK (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Monday with the leaders of Japan and Iran in New York.

The closed-door meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came a day before Erdogan's address to the UN General Assembly's 73rd session.

The theme of this year's general assembly is Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.

Erdogan also met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday at the organization's headquarters in the city.

Erdogan's schedule in New York runs through Wednesday.

UPDATE 2 – Turkish president meets UN chief in New York

ADDS STATEMENT FROM TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL SOURCES

By Betul Yuruk

NEW YORK (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday at the organization's headquarters in New York.

The closed-door meeting came a day before Erdogan's address to the General Assembly's 73rd session.

The UN said Guterres "commended the excellent UN-Turkish cooperation, including in support of Turkey’s hosting of more than 3.5 million refugees".

"The Secretary-General and the President discussed the situation in Syria, with the Secretary-General welcoming the agreement reached on 17 September to create a demilitarized zone in Idlib," the UN said in the statement.

Turkey and Russia also signed a memorandum of understanding on that date calling for the "stabilization" of Idlib's de-escalation zone, in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Under the pact, opposition groups in Idlib will remain in areas where they are already present while Russia and Turkey will carry out joint patrols in the area to head off renewed fighting.

The theme of this year's general assembly meetings is Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.

Erdogan's schedule in New York runs through Wednesday.

Later, Turkish presidential sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media, said the two men confirmed their resolution to further develop close cooperation between Turkey and the UN.

Erdogan and Guterres also discussed measures taken for the de-escalation zone in Idlib following a deal between Ankara and Moscow in the Russian city of Sochi as well as the political process in Syria.

Some key global and regional issues were also addressed, according to the sources.

Erdogan also met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe behind closed doors.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank were also present at the meeting.

*Servet Gunerigok and Michael Hernandez contributed to this story from Washington

UPDATE – Turkish president meets UN chief in New York

ADDS UN STATEMENT

By Betul Yuruk

NEW YORK (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the organization's headquarters in New York on Monday.

The closed door meeting came a day before Erdogan's address to the General Assembly's 73rd session.

The UN said Guterres "commended the excellent UN-Turkish cooperation, including in support of Turkey’s hosting of more than 3.5 million refugees," following the bilateral.

"The Secretary-General and the President discussed the situation in Syria, with the Secretary-General welcoming the agreement reached on 17 September to create a demilitarized zone in Idlib," the UN said in a statement.

Turkey and Russia also signed a memorandum of understanding on that date calling for the "stabilization" of Idlib's de-escalation zone, in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Under the pact, opposition groups in Idlib will remain in areas where they are already present, while Russia and Turkey will do joint patrols in the area to head off renewed fighting.

The theme of this year's general assembly meetings is Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.

Erdogan's schedule in New York runs through Wednesday.

*Servet Gunerigok and Michael Hernandez contributed to this story from Washington

Turkish president meets UN chief in New York

By Betul Yuruk

NEW YORK (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the organization's headquarters in New York on Monday.

The closed door meeting came a day before Erdogan's address to the General Assembly's 73rd session.

The theme of this year's meetings is Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.

Erdogan's schedule in New York runs through Wednesday.

*Servet Gunerigok contributed to the story

Saudi King, Guterres discuss global peace, stability

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AA) – Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz on Sunday met the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The Saudi monarch received Guterres at his office in the kingdom's western city of Jeddah, the Saudi official news agency (SPA) reported.

The two sides, according to the SPA, discussed "the developments on the international scene, and various efforts aimed at achieving global peace and stability."

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki also arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for a signing ceremony of a historic peace accord between the two countries.

The SPA said that King Salman invited Guterres to attend the signing of the agreement between the two African countries, without mentioning the date of the ceremony.

Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia in 1993, and from 1998 to 2000 the two countries fought a bloody war in which an estimated 70,000 people perished on both sides.

The two countries broke two decades of tension after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed extended an olive branch to the Eritrean president in his inaugural speech in April.

The men met in July, vowing to revamp relations and Eritrea opened its embassy in Addis Ababa in mid-July.

Ethiopia reopened its embassy last week in the Eritrean capital of Asmara after a 20-year hiatus.