Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) has said that he was encouraged by the determination and support displayed by the two Cypriot leaders and nations for a solution in the island.
Speaking to reporters on his recent visit to Cyprus, UN SG Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by what he had seen and heard in Cyprus, adding that leaders made a remarkable progress, however talks should continue and gain momentum.
Noting that his special adviser to Cyprus Alexander Downer would keep working to maintain the velocity of the ongoing process in the island, Ban said he believed parties could reach a solution, but they would need more courage, compromise and commitment to the process in order to achieve such goal.
Praising Turkish and Greek Cypriot parties' open and loud messages for a rapid solution, the UN head said he felt a strong responsibility regarding the things he could do to ease the negotiation process in Cyprus.
Ban said the two leaders made progress on "share of power" and "management" issues, adding that he hoped talks would continue.
Ban also said Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias had told him that he would prepare a "schedule" for the continuation of negotiations despite the upcoming elections in TRNC.
He did not provide further details.
Experts believe this is a move to extend the negotiations process for after the Presidential election in the TRNC.