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European officials conclude working visit to Cyprus
2002-06-06 15:36:56

Nicosia, June 6 (CNA) -- Spanish Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ramon de Miguel, whose country is currently holding the EU rotating presidency, paid today a one-day working visit to the island and had separate meetings with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

De Miguel, who was accompanied by the Danish Secretary of State Carsten Sondergaard, whose country will hold the EU presidency during the second half of 2002, and the EU's Chief Negotiator with Cyprus Leopold Maurer, refrained from making any statements to the press after his meeting with President Clerides.

CNA has learned that they came here to be briefed on developments in the UN-led peace talks on Cyprus, held between Clerides and Denktash since mid-January this year, and also to convey the message to both sides to do their utmost for a settlement the soonest possible.|

"I am very happy to be in Cyprus and I had a very interesting meeting with Mr. Clerides", was all he said after his one-hour meeting with the President, this afternoon.

The European officials had earlier met with Denktash in the island's areas occupied by the Turkish army since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

They also called on the Greek Cypriot side to remain constructive despite the difficulties emerging from the Turkish Cypriot side's stance.

After their meeting with the President and prior to their departure from the island, the European officials met with the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto.

At noon they had a working lunch with Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

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