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Annan and Solana discuss Cyprus issue
2003-12-23 10:09:15

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

United Nations, Dec 23 (CNA) -- The Cyprus issue was among the topics UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and EU Foreign Policy and Security Policy High Representative Javier Solana discussed here Friday.

Speaking to the press after the meeting Solana said they talked about the possibility of moving the process for a Cyprus settlement forward. ''We Know it is going to be difficult but we could put all the energy in order to see before the month of May if something can be done,'' he added.

Solana described Annan's proposals for a Cyprus settlement as a good document and expressed hope that Annan's special advisor on Cyprus Alvaro De Soto will be ready to get reengaged in negotiations for a settlement.

He also noted that the situation after the so-called elections in Cyprus' Turkish-occupied areas ''will probably make things a little bit more difficult.''

''I do not lose the hope that the possibility of movement may take place. Also from the Turkish government we expect also some positive noises in the coming hours,'' Solana said and added that his next step is to talk with the leaders in Turkey.

''We will continue talking to all the parties and see if there is a possibility of moving the process forward,'' he noted.

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