UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders had made limited progress in their two-day UN-brokered meetings in Greentree, New York.
"Negotiations were strong and intensive but there was limited progress," Ban told a press conference following his trilateral meeting on Monday and Tuesday with Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias to find a settlement to the division of the Eastern Mediterranean island.
Ban said he strongly urged the two leaders to take decisive steps toward reaching a final agreement, adding that he also called them to make headway in the issues of election of the executive branch, properties and citizenship.
The UN chief said he could call for an international conference end of April or the beginning of May provided that his top adviser in Cyprus presented a "positive report."
In 2008, Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides agreed to work towards "a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions."
The partnership will comprise a federal government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot constituent state and a Greek Cypriot constituent state, which will be of equal status.
White House official tells that “Administration will ensure we only admit those who can be properly vetted’
Political darling Luigi di Maio, 31, is the reassuring face of Italy's anti-establishment insurgency and is widely seen as having the vote in the bag.
Nearly 300,000 people visited the 2017 National Ploughing Championships outside Tullamore in the central County Offaly.
At least 286 victims killed as rescue teams continue search for survivors
Turkey ready to mediate between Baghdad and Kurdish regional administration, says National Security Council in Ankara
It’s ‘too late’ to postpone next week’s referendum, Kurdish Regional Government president says
Senator John McCain announces opposition, all but killing latest effort
The Iron from the weapons will be used in the making of three statues to honor the conflict's victims
Twice hurricane-hit US territory faced with fresh disaster as flash flood warnings continue
Actions are in response to ‘deepening descent into dictatorship’
President Emmanuel Macron says UN Security Council must condemn genocide, ethnic cleansing in Myanmar
Transport for London said the conduct of Uber, which has around 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in the British capital, had raised concerns.
Changes to labor code will only take effect after other completing decrees are signed before end-2017
Kurd region govt is forcing Kirkuk officials to show support for next week’s referendum on independence, Turkmen leader says
Moscow has 'intensified its policy of occupation' in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili tells UN
Police suspect man helped terrorists acquire massive amounts of explosives