UN chief to meet leaders of Cyprus in Davos

United Nations Chief Ban Ki-Moon to meet with Turkish, Greek Cypriot leaders to assess course of negotiations between two sides

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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet the leaders of the Turkish and Greek communities of Cyprus in the Swiss resort of Davos "in order to take stock of the state-of-play in the negotiations," the UN announced on Thursday.

The Jan. 21 meeting with Mustafa Akinci and Nicos Anastasiades will be held on the margins of the World Economic Forum, according to a statement issued from UN spokesperson's office.

Ban's special adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, will also attend the meeting, the statement said.

The eastern Mediterranean island was divided into a Turkish Cypriot administration in the north and a Greek Cypriot one in the south after a 1974 military coup by Greece was followed by the intervention of Turkey as a guarantor power.

Long-stalled negotiations to find a way to settle the conflict resumed last year following Akinci's election in April.

Both leaders have held more than a dozen rounds of talks to reunify the island.