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Solana and Lord Hannay discuss Cyprus problem
2002-09-23 22:20:58

By Nicos Bellos -- Brussels, Sep 23 (CNA) - The EU's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana met today in Brussels with Britain's Special Representative for Cyprus Lord David Hannay and discussed the Cyprus problem.

A spokesman for Solana told CNA that the High Representative and the British envoy reaffirmed that the Cyprus problem was entering a crucial stage and that efforts to reach a settlement should be intensified, in view of the Copenhagen European Council in December and decisions to be made on enlargement.|

He added that Solana backs efforts to solve the Cyprus problem and is in contact with the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, who is conducting talks on the island between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

The spokesman said today's meeting was in the context of Solana's meetings with all parties involved in the Cyprus problem.

Cyprus, which opened accession negotiations with the EU in 1998, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President Clerides and Denktash launched UN-led direct talks in January this year, with a view to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

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