Senior UN envoy welcomes Republic of Cyprus Presidentelects plans for talks

In a statement, Michael Møller, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), said “he welcomes the President-elect’s intention to move quickly to start talks with a view to reaching a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem.“In this context he looks forward to an early meeting of the leaders and stands ready to assist them,” the statement added.Mr. Møller pledged the UN’s commitment to supporting Mr. Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat, the Turkish Cypriot leader, “in their common search for a solution.”UNFICYP was established in March 1964 following the outbreak of intercommunal violence and is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and a return to normal conditions. 25 February 2008Congratulating Demetris Christofias on his election as President of the Republic of Cyprus, the top United Nations official on the Mediterranean island today praised his stated plans to soon begin talks with the Turkish Cypriot leader. read more