Progress in Cyprus peace talks: UN chief

26th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday progress was made in stuttering Cyprus peace negotiations to reunify the divided Mediterranean island after "clear-the-air" talks in Geneva.

"There has been progress since we last met in November," the UN Secretary General told journalists after a four-hour meeting with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders in Geneva.

Ban said the meeting with President Demetris Christofias, head of the internationally recognized Greek-Cypriot government, and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu was "spirited" and "constructive".

The two sides have stepped up their contacts since Ban warned after talks in New York on November 18 that "serious differences" remain and suggested the UN could reconsider its mediation without signs of progress.

© 2011 AFP

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