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Papadopoulos hopes there is still room for changes in UN plan
2003-03-04 13:43:08

Nicosia, Mar 4 (CNA) ? Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos expressed the hope that there is room for changes in the third Annan plan on issues, which the Greek Cypriot side is raising.

Speaking after a meeting here Tuesday with UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, attended by the members of the Greek Cypriot Negotiating Team at the UN-led talks for Cyprus, Papadopoulos said he would meet de Soto again on Wednesday afternoon.

Asked if there is any room for negotiations to take place, President Papadopoulos said, "we are discussing with Mr. De Soto these issues", adding he hopes there is room.|

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

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked the two sides on the island to go to The Hague on 10 March and declare whether they are committed to hold a referendum on a peace plan for a comprehensive settlement.

CNA/GSA/EC/MK/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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