UK Minister for Europe Disappointed With Failure of UN-Brokered Cyprus Talks

© REUTERS / Denis BalibouseOverview at the start of the peace talks on divided Cyprus, under the supervision of the United Nations in the alpine resort of Crans-Montana, Switzerland June 28, 2017
Overview at the start of the peace talks on divided Cyprus, under the supervision of the United Nations in the alpine resort of Crans-Montana, Switzerland June 28, 2017 - Sputnik International
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UK Minister for Europe Alan Duncan expressed disappointment on Friday over the failure of parties to the Cyprus talks to reach an agreement during the negotiations held under the UN auspices.

UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres speaks during the ceremony for the appointment of the Secretary-General during the 70th session of the General Assembly October 13, 2016 at the United Nations in New York - Sputnik International
UN Chief Deplores Failed Peace Talks on Cyprus
MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier in the day, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that a new round of the talks on the Cyprus dispute that took place in the Swiss town of Crans-Montana had ended with a failure of the parties to reach an agreement.

"This is a disappointing outcome. The UK continues to be a strong supporter of a settlement. Now is a time for calm reflection and consideration of future steps. The commitment of the UK to a deal on Cyprus remains unwavering," Duncan said, as quoted in the Foreign Office's statement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when the Turkish troops entered the island claiming that the move sought to protect Cypriot Turks from the Greek community. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was declared in 1983 and is recognized only by Turkey while the international community considers is as a part of the Republic of Cyprus.

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