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Annan speaks with Turkish FM about Paris meetings
2006-03-15 11:20:26

Nicosia, Mar 15 (CNA) – UN Secretary General Kofi Annan spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul on 5 March to discuss the Paris meetings, UN Secretary General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric has said.

Annan met Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos in Paris, February 28, to review the situation in Cyprus and discuss ways of moving forward the process of reuniting the island.

Asked whether the Secretary-General recently spoke to the Prime Minister of Turkey, as reported in the Turkish media, Dujarric said “I have not been made aware of any conversation with the Prime Minister since the return from Paris. The Secretary-General, however, did speak with Foreign Minister Gul on Sunday, which I believe was 5 March, in the afternoon”.

Asked what Annan and Gul discussed, Dujarric replied “they discussed the Paris meetings.”

A joint statement issued after the meeting in Paris said ''the leaders of both communities have agreed that bicommunal discussions on a series of issues, agreement on which is needed for the benefit of all Cypriots, will be undertaken at the technical level.''

''The Secretary General and President Papadopoulos expressed their common hope that these discussions would help restore trust between the two communities as well as prepare the way for the earliest full resumption of the negotiating process,'' the statement added.

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