The Turkish Foreign Ministry welcomed Friday the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders' decision to start comprehensive negotiations in Cyprus.
"We are pleased that the two leaders decided during their meeting today (July 25th) to start comprehensive negotiations on September 3rd," the ministry said in a written statement.
The ministry said that Turkey always supported the start of comprehensive talks within the framework of the good will mission of the UN Secretary General in an effort to reach a settlement in Cyprus issue based on UN parameters such as a bi-zonal state structure, political equality and a new partnership to be formed by two founder states.
The ministry also said that Turkey hoped the activities of technical committees, which were launched upon the efforts of the Turkish Cypriot party, would yield positive outcomes.
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he welcomed the decision made by the two leaders in Cyprus to start comprehensive negotiations for resolution of Cyprus problem.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Ki-moon reaffirmed full support of the United Nations on efforts to be exerted for a solution that is acceptable for both parties.
The statement also said new UN Cyprus Special Envoy Alexander Downer was planning to travel to the island next week to contribute to peace process.
Separately, Gonzalo Gallegos, a U.S. State Department Spokesman, said U.S. welcomed decision of the two leaders in Cyprus to start comprehensive talks.