Turkish Cypriot President meets U.N political aide

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's President Dervis Eroglu held a meeting on Monday with an aide to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's President Dervis Eroglu held a meeting on Monday with an aide to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

LEFKOSA, TRNC - Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's President Dervis Eroglu held a meeting on Monday with an aide to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the United Nations, said he discussed progress in the settlement of the Cyprus issue with Eroglu.

Feltman said he conveyed Ban's "strong committment" towards providing assistance on the newly-agreed joint declaration, which aims to reach a comprehensive solution on the island.

Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders announced in February a joint declaration outlining the contours of a federal state reuniting the island.

"I shared Secretary-General's contemplation of the joint declaration as a 'historic achievement' and belief that it lays a strong foundation regarding the basis of the negotiations," he said.

Feltman said the United Nations will continue efforts to support both sides of the island.

The island of 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.

The Greek Cypriot administration is a member of the European Union and is internationally recognized, except by Turkey, which is the only country that recognizes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

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