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President Papadopoulos meets UN Chief and Turkish Premier in Moscow
2005-05-09 15:02:33

Nicosia, May 11 -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said he feels “some kind of satisfaction” that the Turkish Prime Minister Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged in public that the Greek Cypriot side was seeking, sincerely and consistently, to find a political settlement to the Cyprus problem, and expressed hope that this assertion would be widely accepted abroad and particularly at home.

Speaking in Nicosia upon his return from Moscow, where he had a brief encounter with the UN Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan and the Turkish Premier, President Papadopoulos told reporters the three of them had exchanged views about the various moves that could be made to prepare for new talks, but warned against raising hopes too soon for the resumption of a new round of negotiations.

“We exchanged views on how we can move ahead, in our common desire to prepare the talks, something the UN Secretary-General totally agrees with and he even expressed his satisfaction with what our side is doing”, he noted. Responding to other questions, the President refused to disclose the exact content of their discussion since, as he explained, it served no purpose and it was something that could harm the prospects for a new peace effort. Mr Papadopoulos also said he had reiterated the Greek Cypriot side’s readiness and keen interest in the resumption of a well-prepared dialogue and a new initiative for a settlement.

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