A new three-way Summit is planned for January in order to reach a settlement on the Cyprus Problem. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told reporters at UN headquarters that “both sides have made encouraging progress during these two days on some of the remaining core issues”.
“This has given me confidence that a comprehensive settlement can be achieved. Both leaders have assured me that they believe that they can finalise a deal” added the SG after the two-days talks from the 30th to the 31st of October at Greentree Manhasset in Long Island, NY.
SG special advisor Downer has also positively commented on the developments, calling the two-day discussions “constructive and intensive”. Although both sides have agreed to unite Cyprus in a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, with Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot constituent states of equal status, there are still many deep issues to be solved, such as disputes on governance, property, territory and citizenship.
Ban Ki-Moon thanked both leaders for working together on solving the yearlong issue and expressed his hopes that the two sides will be moving from now on to the “endgame of negotiations”.