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Hannay pledges Britain's support
2002-09-02 11:42:20

Nicosia, Sep 2 (CNA) - Britain's Special Representative for Cyprus Lord David Hannay said the British government would do everything it could to ensure a positive outcome in the UN-led direct talks for a comprehensive settlement on Cyprus.

In a statement released before his departure from Cyprus today, Lord Hannay says "we are in a period of interactive consultation and negotiations which will determine whether or not a comprehensive settlement is reached this Autumn".|

Regarding his contacts, Hannay, who arrived last Friday, says he had "long and useful talks with the two Cypriot leaders and members of their negotiating teams" and with the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto.

He assured that the British government "will do everything it can to ensure that the outcome of this process is a positive one".

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash have been engaged in UN-led direct talks since January this year with a view to find a settlement.

On Friday, Clerides and Denktash will meet the UN Secretary General in Paris to find ways to chart the way forward at the talks de Soto has been conducting for the past eight months.

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