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UN diplomat discusses Cyprus with Greek government officials
2005-06-03 11:11:12

by Christa Nicolaou

Athens, Jun 3 (CNA) -- The only way to have a solution to the Cyprus problem is to find a formula and a package of proposals that can be accepted by both sides and that is the objective, UN Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Sir Kieran Prendergast said here after a meeting with Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Petros Molyviatis, Deputy Minister Yiannis Valinakis and General Secretary George Yennimatas.

Sir Kieran reiterated that the aim of his tour to Nicosia, Athens and Ankara is to get the feel and the pulse, adding that ''the pulse is beating.''

''This is part of an exercise of going and talking to all the parties to get a better idea of where they stand,'' the UN diplomat said, adding that ''Greece is extremely supportive of the process.''

Invited to say if it was time to scrap the solution plan that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan proposed to the sides, since the Greek Cypriot community rejected it, Sir Kieran said, ''I am not going to respond to that. All I want to say is that I am going round to get the feel, I call it taking the pulse, and the pulse is beating.''

Asked of the Greek Cypriots' concerns can be addressed in new talks, the UN diplomat replied, ''I think everyone agrees that there has to be a solution to the Cyprus problem and the only way to have a solution to the Cyprus problem is to find a formula and a package of proposals that can be accepted by both sides and that is our objective.''

Invited to say who will take over when he leaves the UN in June, Sir Kieran said that this was in the hands of God.

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