Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cyprus: Turkish Cypriot leader urged to reach towards settlement

UN - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Turkish Cypriot leader to “grasp the current political window of opportunity to reach a settlement” in the dispute over the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

In a meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban and Dervis Eroglu discussed the situation in Cyprus, where UN-backed negotiations are taking place with the aim of reunifying the island.

“The Secretary-General encouraged Mr. Eroglu to grasp the current political window of opportunity to reach a settlement,” according to information released by the UN spokesperson’s office. “He hoped that the two leaders would make serious advances in the coming months, understanding that this would require compromises on both sides.”

For his part Mr. Eroglu voiced his commitment to reaching a settlement, adding he believed it could be achieved this year with goodwill and compromises from both sides.

The negotiations began in 2008 after the then Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot community leaders committed themselves to working towards “a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.”

That federation would comprise a federal government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot constituent state and a Greek Cypriot constituent state, which would be of equal status.