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New York meetings over Cyprus were quite useful, said UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus Alexander Downer on Friday.
President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Dervis Eroglu received Downer in the presidency building in Lefkosa.
During the meeting, Downer had the chance of listening to the leaders' New York visit where Eroglu met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over a solution to end the Cyprus conflict.
New York meetings were quite useful, Downer said adding that he expected the leaders to work on their next steps to end long-lasting unresolved issues between island's north and south.
"Turkish side wants to solve the problem and has proved this with the referendum but the Greek side have shown they don't want to solve the problem by rejecting all the plans proposed so far," Eroglu said last week following his meeting with Ban.
Greek Cypriots had rejected in a referendum over a UN peace plan, otherwise known as the Annan plan in 2004 while the Turkish Cypriots were accepting the plan with a great majority in a separate referendum held in Turkish side of the island.
The intricate situation in Cyprus has continued since 1974 peace operation by Turkish Armed Forces to end the anarchy and murders targeting Turkish Cypriots by armed militia of some organisations such as EOKA, which aimed a Greece - Cyprus unity.Last Mod: 04 Ekim 2013, 17:55