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Secretary-General, Hailing Cyprus Leaders on Joint Statement, Pledges Continuing
United Nations Support for Negotiated Solution to ‘Long-Standing Problem’
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General congratulates the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, Messrs. [Dimitris] Christofias and [Mehmet Ali] Talat, respectively, on their joint statement issued today, 30 March 2010. The statement highlights the two leaders’ stronger than ever commitment to a settlement, and notes that important progress in the chapters of governance and power-sharing, European Union matters and the economy has been achieved.
The Cyprus problem has remained unresolved for too long. Both Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat are leaders with courage and vision and they have taken enormous political risks to carry the process forward. The Secretary-General calls upon them to continue their work to find a solution to the Cyprus problem which would take into full consideration the legitimate rights and concerns of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. A settlement is in the interest of all Cypriots, leading to stability, reconciliation and greater prosperity for Cyprus. It would also represent a critical peace dividend for the entire region. The United Nations is committed to continue supporting the negotiations, and stands with the people of Cyprus as they work towards finally resolving this long-standing problem.
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