World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu on Saturday met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Eroglu said Cyprus negotiations were in a gridlock after the Greek Cypriot administration assumed the rotating helm of the European Union, adding that resumption of the settlement talks were not in sight until a new Greek Cypriot leader was elected in a voting scheduled for next February to replace Demetris Christofias who announced that he would not seek re-election.
"Talks are stalled because Christofias turned down our proposal to work out a time table for settlement and hold a multilateral meeting. We hope that the one who will be elected will be in a position to take a step towards a viable and lasting settlement," Eroglu said.
Diplomatic sources close to the Eroglu-Ban meeting said the Turkish Cypriot president had briefed the UN chief about relations between the two Cypriot communities as well as on the Greek Cypriot effort for off-shore drilling for oil and gas around the island.
Sources said Eroglu presented Ban a proposal on how to explore and transport hydro-carbon resources of the island.
The proposal includes the appointment by the UN head a mediator to chair a technical committee of Turkish and Greek Cypriot envoys as well as transporting oil and gas to Europe by pipelines over Turkey.
Zeidan was in Malta for two hours late on Tuesday on a refuelling stop before going to "another European country", Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told state-owned television TVM.
Moscow's Basmanny District Court ruled that Yarosh should be arrested for making "public calls for terrorist and extremist activities via the media".
With no concrete evidence to explain the plane's disappearance, authorities have not ruled out anything
Sisi, Mubarak's chief of military intelligence, had to be president of "all Egyptians", Moussa said in his office
The Philippines air dropped food and water to soldiers stationed on a grounded transport ship on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, after China blocked two Filipino supply ships from reaching the troops
The UAE had been among the first Arab states to financially and diplomatically support Egypt's army-backed interim government following Morsi's ouster.
South American leaders will hold talks for solution to Venezuela's political and economic crisis.
At least six people were killed and seven injured in three days of clashes between ethnic Kalenjin people and Luo tribesmen in the Rift Valley Province.
Larijani was forced to cancel the next leg of a planned African tour because of a 24-hour delay when his plane was not refuelled at Cape Town International Airport
The multinational taskforce comprises troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad with the aim of battling the deadly Boko Haram insurgency.
In a statement, the government said that Mohamed Lasaad Dreiz was appointed a security adviser to the Tunisian Premier.
Calm prevailed in the city after a day of fighting between the Libyan army and the Barqa defense force rebels who had seized the two sites last week, he added.
The sources, who were in contact with fighters on the ground, said the Syrian army killed dozens of rebel fighters as they took over the Rima Farms district outside the town.
The Arab League suspended Syria's membership in late 2011.
A Swiss court had fined the leader of the leftist Turkish Workers' Party, Dogu Perincek, for having branded talk of an Armenian genocide "an international lie" during a 2007 lecture tour in Switzerland
Rebels led by former vice president Riek Machar have demanded a pardon for the four politicians, all former members of the ruling SPLM party, before the peace talks resume