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UN Under-Secretary General in Cyprus next week
2005-05-27 13:52:55

Nicosia, May 27 (CNA) - UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Sir Kieran Prendergast will visit Cyprus next week to hold meetings with the political leadership on both sides of the island.

Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said here today that Sir Kieran would be having separate meetings with President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, as well as other political leaders on the two sides.

He will then travel to Athens and Ankara for meetings on the Cyprus issue before briefing the UN Secretary General at the headquarters in New York on whether the necessary conditions exist for Kofi Annan to decide if he will embark on a new initiative for a settlement.

Chrysostomides said the talks would have neither the form of consultations nor proximity talks, noting that ''we are still at a preliminary stage'' and that the aim of the UN is to explore the possibility for the resumption of the talks.

Asked if recent meetings in New York on behalf of the President's envoy, Ambassador Tasos Tzionis, created the proper climate so that with Sir Kieran's visit the right conditions will be created for the resumption of Cyprus talks, the Spokesman said, ''We hope so''.

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