Sun, May 19 2013
Close race was expected. On the eve of the vote, UN Secretary-General said he would host a meeting of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on July 7.
A range of issues was discussed on February 28, while on March 4, Dimitris Christofias and Dervis Eroglu will discuss governance and power-sharing.
No breakthrough, but UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says progress is being made.
Officials of the human rights monitoring group say the UN leader should not necessarily be elected to a second term later this year
The Balkans and beyond in 2010
The two leaders will meet with Mr. Ban for further talks at the end of January in Geneva, where he is expected to amplify the message that progress must be forthcoming. In a report to the Security Council last month UN Secretary General Ban warned that 'a critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing'.
Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders made more progress on economic issues and exchanged further ideas on governance and power sharing in United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island, the UN says.
The United Nations Security Council voted on December 14 2010 to extend the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission that has been in place in Cyprus since 1964 following an outbreak of inter-communal violence by a vote of 14 to one, with Turkey casting the lone negative vote.
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.