UN, US welcome full-fledged Cyprus talks

Spokesman for the U.S. Department of State said that they would love to see an agreement reached as soon as possible.

UN, US welcome full-fledged Cyprus talks

The UN Security Council warmly welcomed the launch of full-fledged negotiations between the leaders of the Turkish Cypriot and the Greek Cypriot communities, aimed at the reunification of the island, a statement said on Thursday.

In a presidential statement the 15-member body praised Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias for advancing discussions since their first meeting on March 21st.

"The Security Council calls on both sides to continue to work together in a constructive and positive manner in order to reach a comprehensive and durable settlement," said Ambassador Michel Kafando of Burkina Faso, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month.

"The Security Council looks forward to progress in the negotiations and reiterates its readiness to support the process," he added.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's recent appointment of Alexander Downer as his Special Adviser on Cyprus was also warmly received by the Security Council.

The U.S. Department of State has also welcomed the Turkish-Greek Cyprus talks.

Robert Wood, spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, said at a daily press briefing on Thursday, "we are obviously very pleased by the talks between the two parties. And we ? Obviously, our policy is to support a bi-zonal and bi-communal federation. We will do what we can to support both sides as they go forward in their negotiations. And it?s a good thing and we look forward to seeing more progress."

Asked whether they shared the optimism expressed by Talat, who said specifically that he hoped a deal could be reached by the end of this year after 34 years of deadlock, Wood said, "obviously, we would love to see an agreement reached as soon as possible. Whether that's feasible or not will depend on how much progress the parties make, but definitely, we'd love to see an agreement between the two sides as soon as possible. So we'd be hopeful. That would be ? that would be wonderful."

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