UN chief calls for redoubled efforts to find agreement on property issue in Cyprus

09:22, September 26, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday encouraged Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to "redouble their efforts" to find agreement on the key issue of property, one of the key sticking points in the United Nations-backed negotiations aimed at reunifying the island of Cyprus.

In a meeting with Dervis Eroglu, the Turkish Cypriot leader, on the margins of the annual general debate of the UN General Assembly, the secretary-general discussed the current status of the negotiations.

The talks began in 2008 after the then-leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.

The property aspect of the talks tries to resolve numerous complex claims between the two sides on property seized decades ago.

During the meeting, Ban voiced his appreciation of the commitment of Eroglu and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias to work towards a mutually acceptable settlement of the Cyprus problem.

He also commended the two men for their constructive approach to the property issue, encouraging them to redouble their efforts to find convergences on the issue, according to a readout issued here by Ban's spokesman at the end of the meeting.

A peacekeeping mission known as UNFICYP has been in place on Cyprus since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal violence that year.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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