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US officials skeptical about new Turkish Cypriot document
2002-09-14 16:32:16

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Sep 14 (CNA) -- American administration officials do not consider constructive the positions Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has outlined in a new document on all aspects of the Cyprus question, he has submitted at the UN-led peace talks, according to well informed diplomatic sources.

The same sources have said that the US officials pledged to continue their efforts in the direction of Ankara and Denktash with a view to persuading them to change their positions on the basis of recommendations Denktash got at last week's meeting in Paris with UN Secretary General Kofi Anan.|

In Paris, Anan has asked Denktash and President Glafcos Clerides, both of whom have been engaged in direct talks since January, to intensify their efforts and report back to him on the progress they make towards a negotiated settlement in early October.

New York, where the UN General Assembly is underway, has been the focus of various meetings with regard to Cyprus in the past week.

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, representing President Clerides at the Assembly, said he reviewed the latest developments in Cyprus with US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston during a working lunch, in the wake of the Paris meetings and the first two meetings in Cyprus in the context of the direct talks.

"It is obvious that the Turkish side is not moving, nor is it responding to the recommendations of the UN Secretary General, at least until now," Kasoulides said after the lunch, adding that "this much is crystal clear to all those who follow the Cyprus question and know what is going on."

Today the minister will have a working dinner with British special envoy for Cyprus Lord David Hannay and see US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Elizabeth Jones.

He will also attend a meeting Commonwealth foreign ministers and see his Spanish counterpart Ana Palacio.

On Friday he met with the Libyan foreign minister Abdurrahman Mohamet Shalghem and the foreign minister of El Salvador Maria Prizuela de Avila.

Last night he attended a reception hosted by the General Assembly president Jan Kavan.

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