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Cypriot Government aims at convincing UN SG to launch initiative
2005-04-20 14:01:35

Larnaca, Apr 20 (CNA)--Cypriot government's aim is to convince the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to undertake a new initiative, so that a fresh dialogue for a Cyprus settlement could begin, Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has said, adding that the Greek Cypriot side does not wish ''talks for the sake of talks''.

Speaking upon return from the Czech Republic, where he held an official visit, Papadopoulos warned that ''a new effort on Cyprus that would not lead to a positive result contains a lot of dangers which must be avoided,'' adding that any effort must be prepared "very carefully''.

Noting that the Cypriot government has been making efforts so that Annan would undertake a new initiative on Cyprus, Papadopoulos expressed hope that ''we will have results soon''.

Replying to a question whether he would meet with newly-elected ''President'' of the Turkish-occupied areas Mehmet Ali Talat, the President wondered what for.

''A meeting is a pleasant event and could prove to be useful,'' he added, noting however that a meeting between him and Talat ''should be under the auspices of the United Nations''.

''Nobody believes that the Cyprus problem could be solved with social meetings'', Papadopoulos noted.

Commenting on press reports about problems occurred in the European Union deliberations in view of EU - Turkey Association Council to take place on April 26, Papadopoulos said that the discussion for a common position between the EU member-states started some time ago, adding that a team of Cypriot diplomats, under Foreign Minister George Iacovou is in contact with Brussels on a daily basis.

He expressed the hope that an agreement will be reached at the next Council of Permanent Representatives (COREPER).

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