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Iacovou begins meetings at UN headquarters
2003-06-09 20:05:46

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Jun 9 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Iacovou began his meetings at the UN headquarters in New York with a 45-minute meeting with President of the General Assembly Jan Cavan, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Iacovou told CNA that the meeting was held in a very friendly and warm atmosphere, adding that talks focused on the Cyprus problem, efforts to reach a settlement and the island's accession to the European Union.

Replying to questions, Iacovou said the Cyprus problem is still on the General Assembly's agenda and would remain there until a settlement is achieved.

Later on local time, Iacovou will have a working lunch with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and in the evening will hold talks with UN Deputy Secretary General Sir Kieran Prendergast.|

Iacovou said this would be the first contact with the Secretariat. Tomorrow, the Minister will meet with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the UN chief's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto.

Asked if the resolution, expected to be adopted by the Security Council on June 11 for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), would be discussed, Iacovou said some of the elements of the resolution would probably be brought up.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/AZ/RG/EC/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
09/06/2003

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