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UN: No formal G/C proposal for resumption of Cyprus talks
2005-03-18 11:50:54

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis

United Nations, Mar 18 (CNA) -- The United Nations clarified that no formal Greek Cypriot proposal has been presented for a resumption of talks on the Cyprus issue.

Commenting on reports, a UN SG spokesperson confirmed that there has been a recent meeting between the Republic's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis, and Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Sir Kieran Prendergast.

''The UN has noted press reports indicating that a Greek Cypriot proposal for a resumption of talks on the Cyprus issue was delivered during a recent meeting between Ambassador Mavroyiannis and the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Sir Kieran Prendergast. The UN would like to clarify that no formal proposals were presented at that meeting.''

Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said Thursday that the Greek Cypriot side had proposed to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to launch a new initiative to solve the Cyprus problem, noting that the proposal was conveyed through the Republic's Permanent Representative to the UN.

President Papadopoulos had been asked to clarify statements by Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, after their talks yesterday in Nicosia, that the Greek Cypriot side had proposed the launching of an initiative by the UN in the direction of a Cyprus settlement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

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