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UN envoy satisfied with his talks with Cyprus President
2006-07-06 12:40:25

Nicosia, Jul 6 - UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari said he was pleased with a meeting he had today with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, during which ?issues were clarified?, as he pointed out.

?I am very satisfied. We had a very good meeting, the issues were clarified and I look forward to the rest of my stay?, Mr. Gambari told reporters.

He also said that after concluding his meetings on the island, he would prepare a report for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

?This is the first time I come to the island, but it is not my first time in terms of familiarity with the issues. By the time I go back, I will be able to have a report for the Secretary General who sent me as to how to move forward?, he noted.

Asked whether after the meeting with President Papadopoulos he feels well informed regarding the Greek Cypriot side?s positions, he replied ?yes, very much so?.

?I am also looking forward to further consultations with all stakeholders?, Mr. Gambari added.

Mr. Gambari was accompanied by Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to Cyprus Michael Moller and other UN officials.

Mr. Gambari will be meeting Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat later today.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister to the President and Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardes, said the meeting was held ?in an especially good climate and the talks were useful and constructive?.

He also said there was a ?general review of the current situation on the Cyprus problem and views were exchanged regarding the existing prospects and possibilities of paving efforts to hold substantial talks?.

?The President of the Republic analyzed our side?s positions and assured Mr. Gambari of his readiness to participate in substantial negotiations under the UN auspices?, Mr. Pashiardes added.

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