Turkish FM discusses Ukraine with U.N. chief

Syria and Cyprus also raised in phone conversation between Ahmet Davutoglu and Ban Ki-moon

Syria and Cyprus also raised in phone conversation between Ahmet Davutoglu and Ban Ki-moon

NEW YORK - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday discussed the current situations in Ukraine, Syria and Cyprus, a U.N. spokesperson said.

In the daily press briefing, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban and Davutoglu expressed concerns over the crisis in Ukraine and agreed on the necessity of respecting the country’s territorial integrity.

Dujarric said the secretary general warned against “hasty actions” that could cause serious repercussions throughout the region.

Ukraine’s unity is thought to be under threat as the regional parliament in Crimea prepares to hold a referendum on Sunday on a possible secession in order to join Russia.

Russian troops and pro-Russian 'self-defense' units are reportedly controlling strategic points in Crimea.

During the conversation, Ban expressed worries at diplomatic channels coming to a standstill in finding a solution to the nearly four years of conflict in Syria, the spokesman said.

Dujarric confirmed that the Cyprus issue was also among the subjects discussed in the Ban-Davutoglu exchange.

The secretary general stressed the role Turkey could play in helping the two sides in Cyprus reach a resolution to their decades-long conflict.

Turkish and Greek Cypriot politicians began fresh negotiations aimed at unification of the divided island last month.

Cyprus has remained divided into Greek and Turkish zones since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish peace mission to aid Turkish Cypriots in the north in 1974.

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