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Security Council looks forward to substantive progress

The UN Security Council has said it hopes the two sides in Cyprus would take advantage of the new round of talks that has just begun to reach a settlement.

“The Security Council reiterates its full support for the process and underlines the benefits that reunification will bring to the island,” a statement said, adding that they looked forward to substantive progress in the negotiations as soon as possible.

Cyprus talks resumed on Tuesday after the first meeting in 18 months between leaders of the two sides.

The Security Council, in its statement, also expressed deep appreciation “at the perseverance and commitment” of outgoing Special Adviser Alexander Downer over the past five and a half years, and wished him well in his future endeavours. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Tuesday immediately after the talks that Downer would be stepping down as his special adviser for Cyprus.

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