"Clear understanding" between parties in ongoing Cyprus talks: UN

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António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferr√©

A "clear understanding" has emerged of what is needed for a comprehesive settlement in Cyprus, according to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.

He met with the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and their backers at the Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland on Saturday.

The ongoing meeting in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana also involved delegations from the island’s guarantor powers: Greece, Turkey and the UK.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said he held a "positive, results-oriented meeting" with the heads of the delegation, including Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

"A clear understanding emerged of the essential elements of a package that might lead to a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus," the spokesperson said, adding that the talks are continuing at the political level.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974.

The negotiations have come down to six main areas, which include new territorial boundaries, power-sharing and the economy.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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