Cyprus to resume peace negotiations after two-year hiatus

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed news regarding the resumption of peace talks in Cyprus after a two-year interruption.

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders issued a joint communiqué announcing the re-launch of negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

The UN has been facilitating the talks with a view to establish a federal government with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot states of equal status.

A UN peacekeeping force has been stationed in Cyprus since 1964, when inter-communal fighting erupted on the Mediterranean island.

Mr. Ban pledged the United Nations' continued support to the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in their efforts to "reunify the island and move on from decades of separation".

The UN Chief also noted that his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer, will be stepping down and thanked him for his perseverance and commitment for the past 5 and half years.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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