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UN Chief's spokesman announces Paris meeting
2002-09-05 11:23:41

By Apostolis Zoumbaniotis -- United Nations, Sep 5 (CNA) -- Fred Eckhard, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, announced Wednesday Kofi Annan will meet with the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus tomorrow in Paris.

In his daily briefing, Eckhard said "the Secretary-General is scheduled to meet with the Cypriot leaders this Friday in Paris, along with his Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto."

According to his provisional programme, Annan will first meet with Denktash, then President Clerides, and subsequently he will have lunch with them.|

Eckhard also said the Secretary-General "met with the Greek Foreign Minister, George Papandreou, with whom he discussed Iraq and Cyprus."

UN-led direct talks have been going on since mid January this year. No substantive progress has been achieved towards a comprehensive settlement in the talks because of Denktash's insistence on two separate "sovereign states".

The Greek Cypriot side has made it clear it insists on one state with a single sovereignty, as provided for by the UN resolutions. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

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