UN chief takes on Cyprus challenge

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C) speaks to reporters with Greek Cypriot politician and President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci (R), Turkish Cypriot leader at the United Nations on September 25, 2016 in New YorkUN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pledged Sunday to play a greater role in stepped-up efforts to reach a deal on settling the decades-old conflict in Cyprus before the end of the year. The division between Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities is one of the world’s thorniest and longest-running diplomatic problems, and has defied repeated efforts at a solution. The United Nations relaunched talks in May 2015 in what is seen as the best chance yet to end four decades of division.

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