Ban telephones Anastasiades after Istanbul incident

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Government Spokesperson Nicos Christodoulides has confirmed that a telephone conversation has taken place between President Nicos Anastasiades and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as efforts continue to put Cyprus peace talks back on track following this week’s Istanbul incident.

Ban had called President Anastasiades on Friday in a clear-the-air session to get everyone back on track. The Cyprus Weekly had previously reported that a telephone conversation was expected to take place between the two men.

Mutual trust between all parties in the settlement negotiations is at an all-time low with every move viewed with suspicion.

#Now : Telephone conversation of #Cyprus President @AnastasiadesCY and #UNSG Ban Ki-moon, @UN_Spokesperson

— NikosChristodoulides (@Christodulides) May 27, 2016

Cyprus says the United Nations mishandled a diplomatic kerfuffle involving the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci that led reunification talks being temporarily shelved.

President Anastasiades said he won’t tolerate the United Nations’ “bad handling” or allow the government to be “downgraded”. He is expecting a clear statement clarifying that the Republic of Cyprus is one thing, and intercommunal dialogue is another.

A furious Anastasiades cancelled Friday’s meeting after Akinci met Ban and attended a dinner for heads of state at the invitation of Turkey’s president at the end of a UN-sponsored humanitarian summit in Istanbul.

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Thursday the UN had made a “mess of things” and was trying to deflect responsibility.

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Ban telephones Anastasiades after Istanbul incident

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