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Ban Ki-moon wants re-launch of Cyprus talks

27 February 2013

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon is expected to invite Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to go to New York for another round of Cyprus reunification talks. Last week Ban Ki-moon expressed his personal commitment on accelerating progress in the Cyprus issue settlement process.

Alexander Downer, the Secretary General’s Special Adviser will arrive in Cyprus on March 11, for preliminary talks with the two leaders.

The newly elected President, Nicos Anastasiades and TRNC President Dervis Eroglu will receive Mr Downer to discuss their intentions regarding the possibility resuming the Cyprus talks.

Following these meetings, Downer is expected to travel to New York to consult with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and update the Security Council.

Mr Ki-moon is expected to communicate with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu shortly, conveying the same message which has already been conveyed to President Anastasiades, regarding his desire to restart negotiations aiming to reach a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem.

The Cyprus issue was among the issues discussed at a meeting the UN Secretary General had with Greek Foreign Minister Demetris Avramopoulos, in New York, last Thursday.

According to a UN Secretary General spokesman the two men “exchanged views on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and also focused on prospects for renewed negotiations to find a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus”.

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