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Kasoulides - Papandreou chart way ahead
2002-09-14 16:34:52

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Sep 14 (CNA) -- The Cypriot and Greek foreign ministers, who discussed here developments in the Cyprus question, are coordinating their moves with regard to the country's accession course and the UN-led peace effort, as both men are in New York for the General Assembly.

Speaking after a meeting between Ioannis Kasoulides and George Papandreou, the foreign minister of Greece said he had a constructive exchange of views with his Cypriot counterpart and pointed out that Cyprus, with another nine applicant countries, is going through the last phase of its accession course.|

He said coordination between Athens and Nicosia is "perfect" in view of the very significant decisions expected with regard to the peace process and the accession course.

Papandreou discussed the Cyprus question with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in Johannesbourg and US Secretary of State Colin Powell in New York and outlined to them his views on the issues at hand.

Kasoulides said he and Papandreou exchanged views about the various meetings each has had on the sidelines of the Assembly and talked about the months ahead, when the EU is expected to invite Cyprus to join.

Asked to comment on a document, submitted by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash at the UN peace talks in Cyprus, the minister said an initial study of the paper indicates that Denktash has made a political move to impress, using "cosmetic changes" to the positions of the Turkish Cypriot leader.

The document, said to be an improved version of an earlier paper, was put forward at Wednesday's meeting with President Glafcos Clerides in the context of the direct talks. Denktash made the move in the wake of Kofi Annan's recommendations at last week's meeting in Paris to intensify efforts to help reach a settlement.

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