UN says Cyprus talks positive, productive

October 31, 2011 02:53

MANHASSET, New York - A UN envoy for ethnically split Cyprus said talks on Sunday to overcome a logjam in peace negotiations were "positive" but said it was up to the rival sides to find common ground in the decades-old conflict.

The United Nations is trying to revive flagging peace talks with two-day meeting at a secluded farm in Manhasset outside New York to resolve a dispute harming Turkey's EU entry bid and energy projects in the eastern Mediterranean.

Cyprus's reunification process has stumbled on complex issues such as future co-governance under a federal system, one of the issues of the two-day meeting that started on Sunday.

United Nations officials said discussions were productive and positive, and "appropriately vigorous."

"The UN is pleased with the way it's going," said Alexander Downer, a former Australian foreign minister who has been overseeing on-island peace talks for three years.

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