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UN-led Cyprus talks may continue till December
2002-05-27 14:22:46

Nicosia, May 27 (CNA) - Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides said today that the UN Secretary General regards June as a target date for an agreement on the Cyprus problem, but gives room for the continuation of peace talks until December.

Replying to questions after the inauguration of the Tamassos dam in the Nicosia district, the President pointed out UN chief Kofi Annan "had said that progress should be made by the end of June and had also said that the talks can continue until December".|

President Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash have been engaged in UN-led direct talks since mid-January this year, with a view to negotiate until a settlement is found to the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Asked what the government was doing about the presence of Turkish research vessel "Sismik" off the coast of Cyprus, President Clerides said "we are monitoring the movement of this boat and making the appropriate representations".

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