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Kofi Annan has not changed his position on Cyprus, says his spokesman
2004-11-29 10:20:33

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

United Nations, Nov 26 (CNA) -- The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has not changed his position with regard to Cyprus, his spokesman Fred Eckhard said here today, commenting on reports that Annan had backed the start of direct flights to and from Cyprus' Turkish occupied areas.

''The Foreign Minister (of Turkey) briefed the Secretary General on Turkey and the European Union and the economic development of northern Cyprus. The SGs position vis a vis Cyprus is well known and there has been no change in his position,'' Eckhard said.

In his report on his good offices mission in Cyprus, Annan referred to ''a strong lead to all states to cooperate both bilaterally and in international bodies to eliminate unnecessary restrictions and barriers that have the effect of isolating the Turkish Cypriots and impeding their development, deeming such a move as consistent with Security Council resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984).

Annan also said in the report that he did not see any basis for resuming his good offices as long as the current impasse existed.

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