UN chief: ‘No quick fix’ expected in talks to unify Cyprus

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general has cautioned against hopes for a “quick fix” to end decades-long division of Cyprus.

Antonio Guterres hailed progress in months of talks with the arrival earlier Thursday in Geneva of foreign ministers from three key countries to help iron out crucial security issues, but said “we are at the starting point.”

Flanked by the Greek Cypriot president and Turkish Cypriot leader, Guterres told parties he hoped a “breakthrough” could come as the talks progress.

He trumpeted “enormous progress” since the two Cypriot leaders embarked on issues like territory, property and relations with the European Union, but said “we need to find a number of instruments” when it comes to security options.