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Kasoulides discusses developments in peace process
2002-09-15 14:26:14

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- New York, Sep 15 (CNA) -- The continuing intransigent positions the Turkish Cypriot leader puts forward at the UN-led peace talks were the focus of discussions Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has had here with British envoy for Cyprus Lord David Hannay.

The minister referred specifically to the offensive his Turkish counterpart launched against Cyprus and the European Union, should Brussels accept the Republic in its ranks, prior to a political settlement.

Kasoulides and Hannay had a working dinner on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly during which they reviewed the latest developments in the peace effort, following last week's meeting in Paris between President Glafcos Clerides, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.|

Kasoulides made special reference to a new document Denktash put forward at the negotiating table, which is widely considered to be unhelpful for the peace process.

Hannay is meeting tonight Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou.

Kasoulides discussed Cyprus, bilateral relations, the situation in Iraq and other issues of mutual interest with Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, at a meeting here Saturday.

The minister attended a meeting of Commonwealth ministers, which took place for the first time in the margins of the UN Assembly.

He also met Romanian foreign minister Mircea Geona and his Spanish counterpart Ana Palacio. At lunchtime Saturday, he attended a working lunch hosted by German foreign minister Joschka Fischer.

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