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Cyprus: not enough progress in talks to call for international conference - Ban

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 21 April 2012
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today informed the leaders of Cyprus' Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, Demetris Christofias and Derviþ Eroðlu, that there was not enough progress on key aspects of reunification talks to warrant holding an international conference on the divided Mediterranean island nation.

“He informed the two leaders that he met the previous day with his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer,” according to information provided by Mr. Ban's spokesperson. “On the basis of this discussion, the Secretary-General shared his assessment that there is not the sufficient progress on core issues that would provide a basis for calling an international conference at this time.”

The spokesperson added that, in his calls to the two leaders, Mr. Ban urged the two sides to take bold and decisive action in order to move the process forward; and, that he his conclusions would be discussed with them in more detail by Mr. Downer, who will travel to Cyprus next week for this purpose.

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