Ban upbeat after Cyprus talks

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said in Geneva on Wednesday that progress had been made in discussions aimed at rekindling the Cyprus reunification talks.

“There has been progress since we last met in November,» the UN secretary-general told journalists after a four-hour meeting with the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot leaders in Switzerland.

Ban said the meeting with President Dimitris Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu was «spirited» and «constructive.”

The two sides have stepped up their contacts since Ban warned after talks in New York last November that «serious differences» remain and suggested the UN might withdraw from its mediatory role if there was no sign of progress.