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Alvaro de Soto hopes for progress in Cyprus talks
2002-07-15 10:12:15

Nicosia, Jul 15 (CNA) - The UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, has expressed hope that the leaders of the two communities on the island will make progress in their talks to solve the Cyprus problem.

The UN diplomat, who arrived in Cyprus last night in view of the fifth round of direct talks between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, to commence tomorrow, said "there is a lot of work to be done" and that "we will be working during the Summer".|

Asked if there will be any progress in the Summer, de Soto, who attends the UN-led talks, said "you won't be hearing it from me now, if there is any".

The Peruvian diplomat was speaking after a meeting with President Clerides. This afternoon, de Soto is scheduled to meet with Denktash in the Turkish- occupied areas.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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