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Clerides and Denktash agree on talks schedule
2003-01-17 14:34:10

Clerides and Denktash agree on talks schedule Nicosia, Jan 17 (CNA) -- The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides agreed here today to continue their intensive talks with three meetings a week.

The arrangement was made at a two-hour long meeting here today between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, in the presence of the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto.

Future meetings are planned to take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1600 to 1830 approximately local time.|

The two leaders are engaged in negotiations on a UN proposal with a view at amending some of the provisions in the proposal to meet the demands they put forward.

De Soto told a press conference earlier this week that any changes to the UN plan should be such that the balance of the plan is maintained.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/MM/RG/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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