United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that he was encouraged by seeing accelerated talks in Cyprus following the November 18 meeting in which he met with the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Dervis Eroglu and leader of the Greek Cypriot administration Demetris Christofias in New York.
In a press conference held in New York to assess the developments in 2010, Ban Ki-moon said that he hoped more progress would take place in Cyprus negotiations following the upcoming trilateral meeting in Geneva.
We are working so as to increase the momentum in Cyprus negotiations, Ban Ki-moon said.
In 2011, we will focus on problems that have been going on for a long period of time. As one of these problems, we will try to help the reunification in Cyprus, Ban Ki-moon said.
I have asked the Cypriot leaders to speed up negotiations in the next nine weeks before the Geneva meeting. The date of the trilateral meeting in Geneva has not been set up yet, Ban Ki-moon said.
I have held talks with the officials involved with the Cyprus issue. Turkey, Greece, and the European Union (EU) support the good will mission of the United Nations in Cyprus. All sides involved want to see progress made in Cyprus negotiations, Ki-moon also said.