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UNSG Ban Ki-Moon Believes in Cypriot Solution

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon believes that a mutually beneficial solution for Cyprus can be attained, if their communities and governmental chiefs are willing, and if the nation receives consistent support from the global arena.

In a United Nations General Assembly Special Missions report, the UNSG states, "following an intensive period of discussions between the two sides which started in September 2013, the leaders resumed full-fledged negotiations in February 2014 by adopting a joint declaration which set out the parameters of a unified Cyprus," according to Parikiaki.

Ban Ki-moon adds, "The negotiators of the two sides have been exchanging papers on topics related to the various chapters for the negotiations. Besides joint meetings of the negotiators, the United Nations continues to engage in regular 'shuttle' meetings with the two sides separately, in order to facilitate the discussions on specific issues."

The UNSG references technical committee advancements between the two territories of Cyprus, "between January and May 2014 the bi-communal technical committees formulated three new confidence-building measures in the areas of health, cultural heritage and broadcasting, which were approved by the leaders and implemented...it is expected that the technical committees will continue to implement further confidence-building measures during the remainder of 2014".

Ban Ki-moon touches on occurrences slated for next year, "the Office of the Special Adviser does not foresee any major changes in its priorities, activities and operational requirements in 2015...it will continue to facilitate meetings of the two leaders, their negotiators and experts until a comprehensive settlement is reached and continue its regular 'shuttle' meetings with the two sides separately, and engage with a variety of interlocutors, including representatives of political parties, civil society and women's groups, and with regional and international stakeholders in support of the process."