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Clerides says Annan to visit Cyprus 26-28 February
2003-02-13 18:12:34

Nicosia, Feb 13 (CNA) – Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides announced here Thursday that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will be in Cyprus from 26-28 February, after being informed by UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto.

Speaking in Nicosia, President Clerides said that Annan's visit to Cyprus would be preceded by the Secretary-General's visits to Ankara on 24 February, and Athens on 25 February.|

His spokesman, Fred Eckhard, announced annan's visit earlier at the UN headquarters in New York.

He said de Soto telephoned Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, to inform them on the Secretary-General's intention to visit Cyprus at the end of February, following visits to Ankara and Athens.

"The Secretary-General's trip to the region will be with the view to bringing the search for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem to a decisive conclusion, by the 28th of February, as foreseen in his revised proposal at the end of December", Eckhard had said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.


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