UN envoy in Ankara for Cyprus talks tomorrow

The top United Nations political official is scheduled to visit Ankara tomorrow following his talks in Athens today as part of recent launch reunification talks on the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

UN envoy in Ankara for Cyprus talks tomorrow
The top United Nations political official is scheduled to visit Ankara tomorrow following his talks in Athens today as part of recent launch reunification talks on the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Today's Zaman reported.

"The undersecretary-general for political affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, will visit Athens and Ankara, respectively, on April 7-8, continuing his consultations on how the United Nations can best assist reunification efforts in Cyprus," Marie Okabe, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters at a daily press briefing on Friday.

Last week, wrapping up his visit to Cyprus, Pascoe said there was a "palpable sense of momentum" in Cyprus toward a lasting solution to the dispute between the Mediterranean island's two communities. Speaking at a press conference in Nicosia, Pascoe said then that "Cypriots are right to have high expectations," given the positive tone of the Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat in recent discussions.

He also said the UN hoped and expected that efforts over the next three months would lead toward full-fledged negotiations on a settlement to the dispute. Before assuming his current post at the UN, Pascoe was most recently the US ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia, from October 2004 to February 2007. He previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department in Washington, following postings as US ambassador to Malaysia and US special negotiator for regional conflicts in the former Soviet Union.


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