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Greek FM to be in The Hague for Cyprus and Iraq
2003-03-06 14:00:21

Nicosia, Mar 6 (CNA) -- Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou will be in The Hague on Monday for a meeting with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Cyprus and Iraq.

Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis explained today in Athens that Papandreou's presence is not connected with the level of representation of the two other Cyprus' guarantor powers (Turkey and Britain) in The Hague.

''The Foreign Minister intents to meet with Mr. Annan for Cyprus and Iraq,'' Beglitis quoted by the Athens News Agency as saying.|

However, he noted that, concerning the signing of a memorandum in order to put to the Cyprus people a peace proposal for a comprehensive settlement, the representation ''has to be at the same level.''

On the Greece - Turkey talks on security matters in Cyprus, the Greek officials said that the first meeting in Ankara did not yield any results, because of the Turkish side's refusal to commit itself to a second meeting.

Although Athens has repeatedly expressed its readiness to continue this dialogue, Ankara seems to follow a delaying tactic on the matter, Beglitis noted.

Annan has invited the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides to meet him on Monday at The Hague and inform him whether they will put to the people a peace proposal for a comprehensive settlement, he submitted to them last month.

The Secretary General has also asked Cyprus' guarantor powers, namely Greece, Turkey and Britain, to be represented in The Hague on Monday, ''at a level commensurate with the importance of the meeting.''

CNA KN/GP/2003

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