The United Nations (UN) secretary general Ban Ki-moon held a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York in which he said all concerned parties should encourage the two leaders during the ongoing Cyprus talks process.
What was important was the continuation of negotiations, and the UN would go on with its good will mission, Ban said.
Ban's remarks came after German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Greek Cypriot administration and said that "Turkish Cypriots had not taken any steps although the Greek Cypriots were ready for an honorable agreement."
The UN secretary general will meet President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias in Geneva, Switzerland on January 26.
On November 18, 2010, Ban Ki-moon, Eroglu and Christofias met in New York.
Ban said the Geneva meeting would be a continuation of their New York meeting, and he had given the two leaders nine weeks of time to resolve their problems.
The secretary said he hoped to make more progress on all issues, particulary property and security in the Geneva meeting.
Ban also said he needed support of all concerned parties, and the European Union (EU) was supporting UN's good will mission in Cyprus and ongoing Cyprus talks.
Conference on Least Developed Countries in Istanbul
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also underlined the importance of 4th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LCDs) that is scheduled to take place in Istanbul on May 9-13.
Ban gave information to journalists about the matters which are at the top of the agenda of the world. He said 2011 would be harder than 2010, which was also a hard year.
Referring to the conference on The Least Developed Countries in Istanbul, Ban said all matters including dealing with poverty with respect to the least developed countries, reaching UN Millennium Development Targets and sustainable development would be assessed and a 10-year action plan would be adopted.
The purpose of the conference is to assess the results of the 10-year action plan for the LDCs adopted at the third United Nations Conference on LDCs in Brussels in 2001 and to adopt new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of the LDCs into the next decade. There are 48 countries listed as least developed countries in the world.