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President says UN chief to send envoy to Cyprus after elections
2006-01-27 15:01:22

Nicosia, Jan 27 (CNA) - Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said today he had received a letter sent on December 29 by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, informing the President that he will send an envoy to Cyprus after the May 2006 parliamentary elections.

President Papadopoulos also said he was not surprised that the US had welcomed the Turkish proposals on the Cyprus problem and noted that the Greek Cypriot side had sent its views to the UN Secretary General yesterday and that all the Republic's ambassadors abroad had been instructed to send these views to their respective hosts.

Replying to questions about a letter he received from Annan, President Papadopoulos said it was sent ''on December 29 when (the UN chief's Special Representative in Cyprus Michael) Moller came to announce his appointment.''

''He wishes me a good year, because it was before the New Year, and says that he intends, after the parliamentary elections, to send his representative Mr. Gambari. It has nothing to do with the latest proposals of Mr. Gul, or his statements, or do they have anything to do with each other,'' he added.

To a remark that the US welcomed the Turkish proposals, President Papadopoulos said, ''I am not surprised.''

Asked if he was looking into the possibility of sending a message to Annan, taking into consideration the climate the Turkish are trying to create, the President said ''we have written our views, we have conveyed them to the Secretary General, yesterday and earlier, and all our ambassadors in all the countries they are accredited have instructions to convey our views.''

Invited to say if Annan had received the Greek Cypriot side's positions before meeting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today in Davos, President Papadopoulos said, ''He was away, in Switzerland. We gave our views to the UN. I suppose his offices will send them to him.''

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