UN chief calls off Cyprus conference
The Associated Press
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have not made sufficient progress during talks on reunifying Cyprus to call an international conference at this time.
Ban's office made the announcement Saturday afternoon following his meeting Friday with Alexander Downer, the U.N. special adviser on Cyprus, and telephone calls earlier Saturday with Greek Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.
Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded and illegally occupied the island's northern third. Turkish Cypriots declared an independent state in the north in 1983.
Downer said last month that talks are stalled on how executive power would be shared and on how to deal with private property lost during the invasion.
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