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UN Secretary General arrives in Cyprus
2002-05-14 10:50:54

Nicosia, May 14 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan arrived here this afternoon for a "working visit" in the framework of the good offices mission entrusted to him by the Security Council.

The Secretary General will meet with President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in their capacities as Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, respectively.

Annan will be calling on Clerides on Wednesday morning after 1000 and in mid-afternoon the same day he will see Denktash. His Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, who has been conducting direct talks with the two leaders since mid-January this year, is expected to accompany him.

Later on the same day, he will have a joint meeting with the two leaders at around seven o'clock, at the residence of the UNFICYP Chief of Mission and Acting Special Representative of the Secretary General Zbigniew Wlosowicz, in the UN-controlled buffer zone, in the Nicosia airport area.

Annan will then host a dinner for the two leaders at Wlosowicz's residence.

This is the first time in more than twenty years that a UN Secretary General in office is visiting Cyprus. The last Secretary General to do so was Kurt Waldhein, in the late 1970s. |

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