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UN SG and Greek FM discuss Cyprus question
2006-03-28 13:32:59

United Nations, Mar 28 – The Cyprus question was the main issue discussed during a meeting on Tuesday in New York between UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis.

In statements after the meeting, which lasted about 25 minutes, Ms. Bakoyiannis said that after a meeting in Paris between Annan and Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos “there is new momentum in the Cyprus question.”

“A new effort based on meetings about technical matters begins, and these meetings must lead to a well prepared new initiative for a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus question,” she said.

She noted that “it is high time that the two partners agree to this effort and move on”, adding that “we cannot afford another failure in the Cyprus peace effort.”

“A well prepared renewed effort, without tight deadlines and without predetermined decisions will be the best possible solution,” Ms. Bakoyiannis stressed.

Other issues discussed at the New York meeting between Mr. Annan and Ms. Bakoyiannis were Kosovo, the situation in FYROM and UN reform.

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