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Ban prepared to get involved if progress made

Ban ready to become involved if there’s progress
By Jean Christou
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is ready to become personally involved in Cyprus negotiations if progress is achieved with his Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide, President Nicos Anastasiades was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
Anastasiades met Ban late Monday Cyprus time where they discussed progress made in the negotiations following the adoption of the Joint Declaration by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on February 11.
The Secretary-General and the President also discussed climate change, global efforts to fight terrorism and the threat posed by ISIL, and the Ebola epidemic.
Speaking after the meeting at UN headquarters in New York, Anastasiades said he was satisfied with it.
“Not only because we had the opportunity to reiterate our positions and our readiness and determination to work for a solution of the Cyprus problem the soonest possible, but also because we had the opportunity to hear from the Secretary-General about his determination and readiness to contribute and assist, initially through his new Special Adviser and later, if there is actual progress, through personal involvement,” Anastasiades said.
“We have outlined the difficulties that have been observed so far, and also the need for those involved to work, not just in words but through specific actions. And when I say those involved I mean that a clear reference was made not just to our Turkish Cypriot compatriots but also to Turkey.”
The Greek Cypriot delegation at the meeting also included Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides and Cyprus’ representative to the UN Nicos Emiliou.
The Cyprus issue was also discussed at a meeting Ban had on Monday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
Earlier on Monday, Anastasiades had lunch with the representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
“During the luncheon I hosted… I had the opportunity to outline again at length the various aspects of the Cyprus problem and the problems we are facing, but I also reiterated our readiness to work so that, the soonest possible, if the other side cooperates as well, we can reach the desired solution which can be no other than the reunification of our homeland, free from occupation forces, through the creation of a bizonal, bicommunal state with political equality,” said Anastasiades.
“They listened very carefully to our positions and through discussion clarifications were given in order to restore the actual truth vis-à-vis the events recorded during the present phase of the dialogue.”
Last night, Anastasiades was due to shift his focus to energy issues, with scheduled meetings with Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. He was also due to attend a reception hosted by US President Barack Obama. Anastasiades will address the UN General Assembly on Friday.



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