Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu said he believes there can be a settlement in the 40 year-long division of Cyprus this year.
Eroglu said after talks in New York Monday with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that his goal is reaching a deal with Greek Cypriots in the shortest possible time and having both sides put the agreement to serrate referendums.
A U.N. spokesman said Ban reaffirmed his continuing personal attention to Cyprus and is committed to helping both sides reach a deal.
Talks on reunifying Cyprus resumed in February after a nearly two year long stalemate over such sensitive issues as property rights and limiting the number of Greek and Turkish troops on the island.
Cyprus was split into a Turkish Cypriot north and a Greek Cypriot south in 1974 when Turkish troops invaded in response to a coup by Cypriots who wanted to become a part of Greece.
Only Turkey recognizes a separate government in the north.
Cyprus joined the European Union in 2003, but only Greek Cypriots enjoy the benefits.