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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Readout of the Secretary-General's Phone Call with President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus

Nagoya, Japan, 27 May 2016

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke today by telephone with President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus. With reference to recent events in Istanbul, the Secretary-General reiterated that the UN’s policy on Cyprus has not changed. The Republic of Cyprus is the Member State of the UN.The bi-communal dialogue that takes place under UN auspices aims at reaching a settlement of the Cyprus issue based on relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

The Secretary-General expressed his full confidence in the role played by his Special Adviser, Mr. Espen Barth Eide, promoting that goal, underlining that he has the support not only of himself but also that of the Security Council, the European Union and the wider international community.

The Secretary-General encourages the two leaders to intensify their efforts towards reunifying Cyprus, in a climate of mutual respect, in order to bring an end to the unacceptable status quo, in the interest of all Cypriots.

Nagoya, Japan – 27 May 2016


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