UN chief meets Clerides, Denktash in Paris
By Maria Myles --
Paris, Sep 6 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan meets here today
with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf
Denktash to find ways to chart the way forward at the UN-led Cyprus talks
going on for the past eight months.
Prior to the joint meeting, Annan will meet Denktash and Clerides separately, at 1000 local time and at 1130 local time, respectively. Annan's lunch for the two leaders will be given at 1300 hours.
Earlier in the morning President Clerides will meet with his aides, namely Attorney General Alecos Markides, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou, Undersecretary to the President Pantelis Kouros and Cyprus' Ambassador in Paris Minas Hadjimichael.
Clerides' meeting with Annan will take place in the presence of the UN Secretary General's Special Advisor on Cyprus Alvaro De Soto and his assistant Robert Dann. Clerides' will be accompanied by Kouros.
All meetings and the lunch will take place at Bristol Hotel, where the UN chief is staying.
The lunch hosted by Annan for Clerides and Denktash will also be attended by De Soto, who met last evening with Annan.
De Soto's assistant, Swiss constitutional expert Didier Psirter, was scheduled to arrive yesterday in Paris.|
Meanwhile in New York, UN Secretary General's spokesman Fred Eckhard said yesterday that Annan was expected to meet today, both separately and then together, "with His Excellency Mr. Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and His Excellency Mr. Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader".
He also noted that last night Annan was due to meet with his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, to prepare for today's talks and had also scheduled a meeting with French Foreign Minister, Dominique de Villepin.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.
UN-led direct talks being held since January this year have yielded no results because of Denktash's insistence on the creation of "two sovereign states" in Cyprus contrary to numerous UN resolutions and the high-level agreements he himself signed, providing for the establishment of a bicommunal bizonal federation.