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Papadopoulos ready for Annan's visit
2003-02-17 16:45:36

Nicosia, Feb 17 (CNA) -- President-elect Tassos Papadopoulos said today that ''we are ready for the visit of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan'' to Cyprus, adding that there is ''an agreed and set policy for the continuation of the negotiations with flexibility and good will, with a real and sincere aim to find a solution of the Cyprus problem if possible within the timeframes''.

He said that ''if something like that is not possible, this will not be caused by our side but by the continued intransigence of (Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf) Denktash and the undefined blurred climate in Turkey''.|

Papadopoulos noted that if a solution is not possible by February 28, then ''we hope that the negotiations will continue in the same atmosphere as so far with the hope to find a solution as soon as possible'', adding that a solution is an urgent necessity because ''out side has been suffering the hardship of the Turkish occupation''.

The newly-elected President met today with those who supported his candidacy and thanked them for ''their collective effort, which was crowned with success''.

Among those who attended the meeting were General Secretary of leftwing AKEL Demetris Christofias, Movement of Social Democrats President Yiannakis Omirou, and General Secretary of the Movement of Ecologists and Environmentalists Giorgos Perdikis.

CNA/FZ/RG/GP/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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