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UN to announce this week resumption of direct talks, says Papadopoulos
2003-02-18 17:41:04

Nicosia, Feb 18 (CNA) ? UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, will announce this week the date of the resumption of the direct talks, President-elect Tassos Papadopoulos said here today.

He pointed out that the members of the new negotiating team of the Greek Cypriot side would be announced once the talks resume.

Papadopoulos announced that his meetings tomorrow with de Soto are a continuation of their meeting on Monday.

Invited to comment on statements made by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that for the talks to resume Papadopoulos will have to abandon "his dream" of Greek Cypriots returning to the Karpass peninsula, the newly elected president said Denktash maintains the same attitude.

"Denktash's comments are the same which he conveyed to (the outgoing President) Mr. Clerides from the start of the talks, that if his demands are not met, then the talks cannot continue", Papadopoulos added.|

Regarding his meetings on Wednesday with de Soto, Papadopoulos said they were a continuation of Monday's meeting. When asked if Clerides' presence was necessary, he replied negatively, adding that the meeting is held so he can be informed on the talks.

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


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