May 15th, 2015 14:06 EST
UN Chief Ban Applauds Resumption of Talks on Cyprus
Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the resumption of full-fledged negotiations between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci, the United Nations spokesperson has confirmed.
With the momentum continuing to build for a solution to the long-standing division of the island, the Secretary-General salutes the commitment of the leaders to move forward without delay, in a constructive and dedicated manner, " the UN spokesperson declared in a statement issued early this morning.
The Secretary-General calls on the leaders to seize this opportunity to achieve tangible progress towards a comprehensive settlement that would clearly benefit both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. "
The negotiations " scheduled to resume today " will be held under the facilitation of the UN Special Adviser, Espen Barth Eide, who recently said that he strongly felt 2015 would be a decisive year and that he hoped it would be a decisive one in the right direction.
In the statement, the spokesperson added that Mr. Ban reiterated his commitment to supporting the leaders in their efforts to achieve a mutually agreed comprehensive settlement " based on the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014 and in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions.
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