Ban Ki-moon says U.N. will maintain its support for the negotiations and urges both sides to pursue peace with courage and devotion.
LEFKOSA, TRNC - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed on Thursday the announced resumption of full-fledged peace talks in Cyprus, aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the longstanding problem in the island.
According to a press release from the presidency of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Ban sent a congratulatory message to TRNC President Dervis Eroglu for the adoption of a joint communique with the Greek Cypriot administration in the island's south.
"I commend your significant efforts to enable the signing of this agreement," Ban said, adding that the U.N. will maintain its support for the negotiations.
He also urged both sides to pursue peace with courage and devotion.
After a nearly two year-long pause Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders held their first meeting on Tuesday and agreed on issuing a joint declaration that outlines how the talks should move forward. It recommends recognizing the equal status of the two states, while aiming to bring the divided communities closer under a federal government.
The Greek Cypriot administration is a member of the European Union and recognized internationally, excluding Turkey. Only the Republic of Turkey recognizes the TRNC.
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