News in Brief 4 June 2015 (PM)

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Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

Positive atmosphere surrounding the Cyprus talks welcomed by UN chief

The positive atmosphere surrounding talks over the future of Cyprus has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

The country has been divided since 1974 when Turkey sent troops citing concerns for the Turkish Cypriot community after a Greek military coup.

Ban Ki-moon on Thursday met with Mustafa Akinci, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community.

He commended the commitment of Mr Akinci and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr Anastasiades, to reach a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus issue.

Consultations on Syria giving chance to share views on future of country

Ongoing consultations on Syria taking place in Geneva are giving a chance to all Syrians to share their views on what the future of the country should look like.

That's according to the UN Special Envoy on the conflict-torn Middle Eastern country.

Staffan de Mistura was meeting with the president and members of the political committee of the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces (SOC) in Istanbul, Turkey.

They reportedly agreed on the urgency of an immediate halt in the killing and targeting of civilians.

Operation in DR Congo against Forces de Résistance Patriotique d’Ituri

An operation launched in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the Congolese Army against a rebel group known by its acronym FRPI, has been welcomed by the UN Mission in the country (MONUSCO).

The FRPI is an armed group operating in the Eastern province of Ituri.

The UN Spokesperson is Stéphane Dujarric.

"Negotiations were ongoing with FRPI combatants but following their failure, the Congolese Army launched an operation against them, with the support of UN peacekeepers.

The Head of the UN Mission, Martin Kobler, said that the launch of this operation shows the commitment of the Congolese Government to fight armed groups."

Women essential in shaping Afghanistan's future

Women must play a central role in helping to shape Afghanistan's future, especially in regard to any peace process, according to the top UN envoy in the country.

Nicholas Haysom was meeting with leaders of Afghan civil society organizations on Thursday.

They discussed ways to strengthen the gains made during the past on women's rights.

Mr. Haysom said that's the only viable way forward for the country, especially for Afghan women.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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