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US Cyprus envoy better informed on peace talks after meetings
2002-03-22 08:22:12

Nicosia, Mar 22 (CNA) -- The US Cyprus envoy, Thomas Weston, has said he is now better informed about the current state of affairs in the UN-led peace talks and their prospects.

The US State Department special coordinator for Cyprus welcomed not only the start of direct talks between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash but also the fact that these talks have been sustained.

"We had a very productive meeting, discussed the peace process and had a very good exchange," he said after a meeting today with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.|

Weston said his meetings with the government and the Turkish Cypriot leader were "very productive in at least giving me a better stance where things actually stand and what the prospects are as we go into reviewing the situation in New York."

The UN Security Council will review progress in the Cyprus peace talks in early April, after the Council and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan are briefed by the UN chief's special adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, who attend the direct talks, that started in mid January this year.

Replying to questions, Weston said he has expressed "very positive views both to President Clerides and Mr Denktash about not only the process itself but also about the fact that it has been sustained."

Weston leaves Cyprus on Sunday for Brussels.

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