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Davutoglu says new momentum on Cyprus

Davutoglu (right) with Ban Ki-moon

By Staff Reporter

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said there is a new momentum on Cyprus and that the outlook for a solution was promising.

Davutoglu was speaking in New York after a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon where Ukraine, the Syrian and Cyprus were top of the agenda at the 40-minute meeting.

He told reporters afterwards that despite the crisis in Ukraine and Syria, developments in Cyprus were promising and positive.

Davutoglou said the cross-meetings in Ankara and Athens last month had been very successful. He was referring to the visit to Turkey by Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and the simultaneous visit to Greece by Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Ozersay.

“The two sides were very happy with the meetings in Athens and Ankara and this was shared with the Secretary-General, who was also happy about it,” Davutoglu said.

He said there was a new momentum on Cyprus since the negotiations resumed on February 11.

Davutoglu said there was strong support from Turkey and Greece and also from the rest of the international community – the UN, US and the EU for a solution.

“This is a new momentum. We hope that this time, unlike in 2004, we can reach a solution that can be accepted from both sides in referendum,” he said.

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