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UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs might visit Cyprus
2005-09-21 11:36:03

by Maria Myles

New York, Sep 21 (CNA) -- Ibrahim Gambari, UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, might visit Cyprus by the end of October, as part of continuing UN efforts to help launch a fresh initiative on Cyprus, diplomatic sources have said.

Gambari, who has succeeded Sir Kieran Prendergast to the post, is in charge of the Cyprus dossier by virtue of his post dealing with Political Affairs and according to the same sources he has expressed his intention to visit the island ''once he has mastered the dossier.''

The senior UN diplomat is said to have shown ''keen interest'' in Cyprus during a meeting here on Tuesday with Foreign Minister George Iacovou, which has been described as ''very friendly.''

Gambari, a seasoned high-ranking UN official, is an experienced diplomat and is acquainted with the question of Cyprus from the past.

At the meeting here today, certain issues pertaining to the issue were clarified and there was talk about a UN-proposed solution plan (the Annan plan), turned down in a referendum by the overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriots but accepted by the Turkish Cypriots.

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Iacovou participated in a three-hour long meeting of European Union foreign ministers with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during which the Middle East issue, the situation in Iran, Iraq and Russia as well as UN reform featured prominently.

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