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Two sides to attempt trade offs at talks
2003-02-07 09:37:34

Nicosia, Feb 7 (CNA) -- The Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides, after an hour-long meeting here today, are set to attempt some kind of trade off, in the context of their negotiations on the basis of a UN peace plan.

President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Dentkash had their last meeting this week, in the presence of UN Secretary General's special adviser Alvaro de Soto.

According to reliable sources, the two leaders left today's meeting with the intention of trying, at their next encounter on Monday, to engage in some trade offs on points they wish to amend in relation to the UN plan.

The UN has asked the two sides to try and reach an agreement on a comprehensive settlement by the end of February. Both sides have so far outlined points in the UN plan they want changed, including territorial adjustments. Alvaro de Soto has stressed that the balance of the plan and its philosophy cannot be upset by any subsequent amendments.

The same sources have said that Denktash did not present any documents at the negotiating table today.

The two leaders were accompanied by their respective advisers at the talks.

De Soto goes to Turkey later today for talks with the Turkish government and will return in time for Monday's meeting. He will then fly to New York to consult with the Secretary General.|

CNA MM/GP/2003

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