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There is chance for a settlement, says President
2002-08-19 10:12:36

Paphos, Aug 19 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides has said that he expects the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to point out that the window of opportunity for a Cyprus settlement, that exists now, should be seized.

On the political situation in Turkey with regard to the Cyprus peace process, the President recommended patience until after a government is formed following the November elections.|

"I would expect the Secretary General to make an effort and stress that there is now a window of opportunity which we should not allow to close so that we can find a solution," Clerides said, when asked what he expects from a meeting early next month with Kofi Annan.

Annan has invited Clerides and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Rauf Dentkash to a meeting in Paris on 6 September to take stock of the ongoing peace talks, his special adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto is conducting since January.

"This is the direction in which I believe the Secretary General will move," the Cypriot President added.

Asked to say whether the political instability in Turkey encourages Denktash's intransigence, Clerides replied "I do not know, we shall have to wait and see the results of the elections in Turkey."

He said he did not think any single party will have a parliamentary majority to form a government on its own.

"Things will depend on the coalitions that will be formed among the various parties and see what kind of government will emerge from these coalitions," he said.

The President was speaking in Latsi, on the western coast, where he returned last night aboard his yacht after his summer holidays. He will spend another few days in the Paphos area before returning to Nicosia, he told the awaiting press.

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