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UN-led talks for Cyprus resume
2002-08-27 11:18:19

Nicosia, Aug 27 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash resumed their discussions today in the context of the UN-led peace talks, with each side outlining its respective position on the issue of sovereignty.

According to reliable sources, during the hour long meeting, in the presence of UN Secretary General's special adviser for Cyprus Alavo de Soto, no ideas or suggestions either on a proposed solution plan or on ways to proceed with the talks were put forward.|

At today's meeting, the first after a three week break, none of the two interlocutors had any of his advisers, as is the normal practice for these direct talks, which began in January this year under UN auspices.

Denktash had said that he intended to submit a new proposal on the solution of the Cyprus problem.

A new meeting is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

The direct talks resumed as the two leaders prepare for next week's meeting in Paris with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who is likely to sound them out about UN intentions to put forward an outline of a solution to facilitate a process of give and take, with a view at reaching a compromised agreement.

The UN are said to have already prepared such a document, on the basis of past non papers and the most recent discussions between the two leaders.

What remains to be seen now is for the UN to decide when the most opportune time is to submit their proposals. Denktash has already put forward one such proposal on a solution but he has often made it clear that he does not want the UN to intervene in this manner in the negotiations.

After seven months of direct talks no substantial progress towards a comprehensive settlement has been achieved, because of Denktash's insistence on the creation of two states in Cyprus, contrary to numerous UN resolutions calling for the establishment of a bicommunal bizonal federation.

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