UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon urged Cypriot leaders to find a solution to Cyprus issue shortly.
Ki-Moon who is in Istanbul to attend the International Somalia Conference gave a conference in Bogazici University.
Ki-Moon who answered questions of students on Cyprus issue said it was the oldest problem in the agenda of the UN.
He said the two peoples in the island suffered for too long urging parties to reach a solution shortly.
Ki-Moon who said that the UN would continue to give the necessary support to the solution of the issue for the future of Cyprus.
He said the extensive talks which was suspended because of the elections in Northern Cyprus would resume shortly.
He said the newly elected President of Northern Cyprus Dervis Eroglu vowed to fulfill the commitments he made.
Gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1960, Cyprus became a bi-communal Republic where Greek and Turkish Cypriot constituent communities would share power guaranteed by the UK, Turkey and Greece.
However, reluctant to share power and pursuing a policy of Enosis (Union) with Greece, Greek Cypriots soon expelled Turkish Cypriots from power and terrorised and ghettoised them.
Decades long armed attacks on the defenseless Turkish Cypriots culminated in 1974 when an Athens-backed Greek Cypriot military coup on the island led to Turkey's intervention based on its rights stemming from the Treaty of Guarantee.
Although the Republic of Cyprus as described in the 1959 agreements is no longer there, Greek Cypriots continue to enjoy this title and international recognition while the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a fully democratic government representing Turkish Cypriots, still suffers under an unfair political and economic blockade.
Cyprus joined the EU as a divided island when Greek Cypriots in the south rejected the UN reunification plan in twin referendums in 2004 even though the Turkish Cypriots in the north overwhelmingly supported it.
The promise made by EU foreign ministers before the referendums to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and establish direct trade with north Cyprus remains unfulfilled.
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