UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will have separate meetings with Greek foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas and Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Monday on the sidelines of the 4th UN conference on lesser developed countries.
In statements to Turkish news agencies, the UN chief said that progress has been noted in the talks on Cyprus with respect to matters related to the economy and the EU, but there are more things that need to be addressed, such as the property issue and security.
Ban appealed to the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus to reduce the differences in a spirit of compromise and a "win-win" mentality, adding that it is necessary, at this stage, for the leaders to display flexibility and to examine the various matters in depth.
The UN secretary general said that he will be meeting with Erdogan to ask him to urge the Turkish Cypriot side.
Cyprus foreign minister Markos Kyprianou will be taking part in the conference.