UN chief applauds resumption of 'full-fledged' talks on Cyprus

15 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the resumption of full-fledged negotiations between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci, the United Nations spokesperson has confirmed.

"With the momentum continuing to build for a solution to the long-standing division of the island, the Secretary-General salutes the commitment of the leaders to move forward without delay, in a constructive and dedicated manner," the UN spokesperson declared in a statement issued early this morning.

"The Secretary-General calls on the leaders to seize this opportunity to achieve tangible progress towards a comprehensive settlement that would clearly benefit both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots."

The negotiations – scheduled to resume today – will be held under the facilitation of the UN Special Adviser, Espen Barth Eide, who recently said that he strongly felt 2015 would be a decisive year and that he hoped it would be a decisive one in the right direction.

In the statement, the spokesperson added that Mr. Ban reiterated his commitment to supporting the leaders in their efforts to achieve "a mutually agreed comprehensive settlement" based on the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014 and in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions.

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