29-03-2010

STATEMENTS - Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Joint statement on progress in the Cyprus talks

The Secretary-General congratulates the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, Messrs. Christofias and 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 longstanding problem.

New York,
30 March 2010

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