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Trilateral UN Meeting on Cyprus Talks Set for June

cyprus newsThe next trilateral meeting between UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, President Demetris Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will take place in June because there has not been enough progress in reunification negotiations to do it any earlier, said a government spokesman.

During a phone calle between the UNSG and President Demetris Christofias, Ban Ki Moon said that he hoped there are better conditions in the talks by June, by which time elections in Cyprus and Turkey will be over.

Christofias told Ban Ki Moon that the negotiations are not promising and the attitude by Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriot side was "not at all helpful and very problematic."

The three men last met in January, after which the leaders promised to intensify talks and try to reach agreements on the property, territory and security issues. But there has been little in the way of positive progress. After the last leaders' meeting on March 30th, Christofias said that his proposal for a joint, simultaneous census had been rejected. The planned discussion on citizenship did not take place, instead, each sides' positions on internal security issues like a federal police force were tabled, he said.

Ban Ki Moon and Christofias spoke by phone last night at around 10pm, and the UNSG also spoke with Eroglu. The UNSG encouraged both leaders to redouble their efforts to build confidence on all fronts so that a mutually acceptable comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem can remain in sight, said a UN spokesman.

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