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Greek FM discusses Cyprus with UN Secretary-General
2002-09-04 15:11:45

Greek FM discusses Cyprus with UN Secretary-General Nicosia, Sep 4 (CNA) - The fundamental aim of Friday's meeting between UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is to keep "alive" the momentum of the UN-led direct talks on the Cyprus problem and give the procedure a new drive.

The Athens News Agency (ANA), citing diplomatic sources, said the primary issue of discussion during today's meeting between Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs George Papandreou and Annan within the sidelines of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, was the Cyprus problem, in view of Friday's meeting in Paris.

According to ANA, the SG will not submit a draft plan for a comprehensive settlement because first he wants to evaluate the results of Friday's meeting and also consider the forthcoming elections in Ankara which do not allow any substantial progress to take place, the sources said.|

Papandreou referred to the constructive attitude of the Greek Cypriot side and stressed the need for significant progress on the part of Turkish Cypriots and Turkey.

Both Papandreou and Annan agreed that the Cyprus issue should not become a main pre-election campaign issue among parties in Ankara because it will cause division and reinforce nationalistic positions.

The Greek Minister stressed that the island's European Union accession course was progressing well and reiterated that the Greek side fully supports Turkey's European prospect and believes that the issue of when accession talks will commence for Turkey should remain open.

Yesterday, Annan met Turkish President Ahmed Necdet Sezer. They discussed the Cyprus problem and the Paris meeting, ANA reported, quoting the Turkish press.

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