UN chief expresses hope for Cyprus solution ‘soon’

The Cyprus problem topped the agenda of talks between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York over the weekend with the latter expressing hope that a resolution to the island’s division would be found “soon” after the resumption UN-mediated talks in the fall.

The UN chief and Samaras also discussed the prospects for a solution to a dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia regarding the latter’s name. The UN’s mediator in that dispute, Matthew Nimetz, sat in on the talks.

Samaras said he and Ban had “a very productive discussion” and that Greek officials had set out the country’s “positions and opinions.”