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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-01-26

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    UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon has said that there has been progress in peace talks aiming to solve the Cyprus problem, but more work must be done to reach further convergences on the outstanding core issues.

    In his press remarks after his meeting on Wednesday here with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Ban said that ``it is clear that the two leaders worked to move closer together through a range of bridging proposals, notably in the chapters of Economy, EU matters, and Governance and Power-Sharing.``

    He also noted that he has encouraged both sides to talk to experts that I can make available on the technical aspects of the property issue. Ban said that ``the sides have also agreed to intensify the negotiations through a series of additional meetings in the coming weeks and I have pledged to make myself available to them again soon to continue to take stock of progress and to encourage the parties in further narrowing the differences.``

    ``At the end of February I will be providing the Security Council with a report on the state of the talks. I will closely follow the efforts of the leaders in the coming weeks as they reach further convergences across all chapters. I am certain that if the constructive spirit that I witnessed today continues, I will have a positive report to submit,`` Ban noted.

    Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2004, has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island`s northern third. UN-led negotiations with an aim to reunify the island began in 2008.

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