The UK supports a "comprehensive, just and lasting resolution of the Cyprus problem," a British government statement said ahead of unofficial talks that were to commence yesterday in Geneva.
"[The] talks offer an opportunity to restart negotiations aimed at delivering a fair and lasting solution to the Cyprus issue, and we hope that all parties approach them with creativity and flexibility," Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.
"The UK is a strong supporter of a comprehensive, just, and lasting settlement of the Cyprus issue which remains key to resolving wider tensions in the region."
According to Anadolu, the UN-led unofficial Cyprus conference was attended by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, and foreign ministers of three guarantor countries – Turkey, Greece, and the UK.
The Turkish side was expected to set out a model of a solution at the talks in Geneva in which the two states will cooperate on the island on the basis of sovereign equality.
No details of the outcome of the first day of talks have been revealed.
Cyprus has been mired in a decades-long dispute between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, despite a series of diplomatic efforts by the UN to achieve a comprehensive settlement.
The island has been divided since 1964 when ethnic attacks forced Turkish Cypriots to withdraw into enclaves for their safety.
In 1974, a Greek Cypriot coup aimed at Greece's annexation led to Turkey's military intervention as a guarantor power. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was founded in 1983.
The Greek Cypriot administration, backed by Greece, became a member of the European Union in 2004, although most Greek Cypriots rejected a UN settlement plan in a referendum that year which had envisaged a reunited Cyprus joining the EU.
The 5+1 meeting will conclude on 29 April.