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UNSG looks forward to offering personal support to the leaders in Switzerland

The UN Secretary-General is looking forward to offering his personal support to the two leaders work as they enter into this crucial phase of the negotiations, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York, referring to the talks starting on Monday in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland in the presence of Ban Ki-moon.

Dujarric said “the Secretary-General will be travelling to Switzerland on Sunday to open intensive discussions on Monday morning between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders”. He will be back in New York by Monday evening.

He added that the talks will take place in Mont Pèlerin outside Geneva, and will focus on territory. As he said, for the first time the leaders will negotiate the issue directly.

“The Secretary-General has been closely following the Cyprus negotiations throughout his tenure, and he looks forward to lending his personal support to the work of the two leaders as they enter this crucial phase of negotiations”, the spokesman said.

Replying to a question regarding the Secretary-General’s hopes and expectations from those talks, the spokesman said that “this is a critical juncture in the talks and he welcomes very much the fact that the two leaders have jointly expressed their hope that this meeting will pave the way for the last phase of the talks in line with their shared commitments to do their utmost to reach a settlement within 2016.”

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