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Ban looking forward to meeting Cyprus leaders

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is looking forward to meeting the leaders of Cyprus` two communities during the UN General Assembly in New York to discuss with them, and add his political support, to their efforts for a solution.

Replying to a question by a CNA correspondent at UN headquarters, during a press conference to mark the beginning of the 70th General Assembly, Ban said he was encouraged that the two leaders were meeting and negotiating in a detailed manner since May this year.

“During the meetings both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots are approaching the talks with a positive and constructive spirit. This has helped to generate fresh and important momentum as well as a significant progress in the talks,” he said.

Ban said he was encouraged by the leaders’ commitment “to continue to work tirelessly in order to reach a comprehensive settlement as soon as possible”.
In this regard, he has also welcomed “their agreement to intensify their work and to increase the frequency of their meetings”.
He said his special envoy Espen Barth Eide was staying in the region and he was closely coordinating with the two leaders. (CNA)


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