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Cyprus President departs for USA
2005-09-06 12:56:57

Larnaca, Sep 5 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said he has not discussed with the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan the appointment of a special representative for the Cyprus issue, adding that such an appointment is not imminent.

Kofi Annan ''is continuing his efforts'' towards this direction and has already prepared a shortlist of candidates for the post, said the President, noting that the final decision lies with the Secretary General.|

Papadopoulos was speaking at Larnaca airport on his departure for the United States to represent Cyprus at the 60th UN General Assembly in New York (14-19 September). He is due to address the Assembly on Sunday the 18th.

Responding to questions, he said that the Millenium Summit (14 16) will deal with programs aiming to tackle poverty, disease and illiteracy. He will address the Summit on the Thursday the 15th.

He said that during his stay in NY he will sign the convention on combatting nuclear terrorism and hold meetings with the UN Secretary General, members of the Security Council and heads of state attending the General Assembly, especially those where Cyprus does not have diplomatic representation or states members of the Islamic Conference.

This week President Papadopoulos will undergo annual medical examination in a clinic in Florida.

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