UN urges more intense negotiations on Cyprus

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday called on the leaders of Cyprus to ?intensify the momentum of negotiations? and reach a resolution on the island?s 37-year-old division before Cyprus assumes the European Union?s rotating presidency on July 1 next year.

Speaking at a news conference in Washington following a Security Council resolution to extend the UN peacekeeping force?s mandate on the divided island for another seven months, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was optimistic about the progress made so far by Greek-Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, but stressed that time for reaching a settlement was ?quite limited,? as Cyprus?s presidency of the EU would make talks ?politically difficult and sensitive.?

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Enter your information below to receive our weekly newsletters with the latest insights, opinion pieces and current events straight to your inbox.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.