Nicosia against bigger UN role in talks

Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias said on Monday that the additional involvement of the United Nations in talks aimed at reunifying the divided island would not help the stalled process.

Christofias suggested that Turkish-Cypriot interlocutors were straying from the key points of negotiations. ?The Greek-Cypriot side expects the Turkish Cypriots to align themselves with the fundamental principles of the talks if any productive dialogue is to be achieved,? he said. Christofias?s comments came a few days after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushed Cyprus leaders to reach a settlement by October.

Over the weekend, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called for a deal to reunify Cyprus before the island assumes the European Union?s presidency in the middle of next year.