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02.02.2014

Divided Cypriots are close to settlement negotiations

Negotiations on a Cyprus settlement "very close to a resumption." This was stated in Munich, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"Advisor (UN Secretary General) on Cyprus Alexander Downer meets with leaders of the two communities in order to help them come to an agreement on the joint communique, which can give a good basis for negotiations and options - quoted today Ban Cyprus News Agency. "Unfortunately, these negotiations were suspended due to the change of government in the Greek Cypriot community. And then there's the economic crisis broke out, "- declared the secretary general.

The head of the world community organizations noted that "such a development of the political and economic situation is not conducive to the resumption of negotiations." Nevertheless, he said, the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities of the island, in their contacts with him assured that "committed to continuing dialogue and agreed to develop a joint communiqué before the resumption of negotiations."

"I think that they are very close to it - said Ban Ki-moon. - The leaders reached agreement on most items. Necessary to overcome the remaining differences." He noted that the assistance they provide in this downer. UN Secretary-General said that he is constantly talking about this issue with community leaders and the leadership of countries as security guarantors of Cyprus - Greece and Turkey.

The most recent round of negotiations on the Cyprus settlement was stopped in the spring of 2012 on the eve of the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the semi-annual EU presidency. Then the resumption of the dialogue prevented the presidential elections in February 2013 year, and in March a serious financial crisis broke out in the country. Negotiations were planned to start again last autumn, but the leadership of the divided communities because of irreconcilable differences since September can not agree on the text of the joint statement that would register the positions of the parties and open the way for the resumption of the talks.

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Tags: UN Cyprus issue, Turkey, Politics