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Annan says Cyprus talks to go beyond Copenhagen summit
2002-09-30 15:41:05

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Sep 30 (CNA) - Talks to end the division of Cyprus will continue even after the December 12 decision by the European Union, to accept Cyprus as a member, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said today.

Talking to Greek and Turkish journalists, Annan said ''we are going to continue our efforts and try to make progress as quickly as we can. If by the time of the accession the issues have not been resolved, I expect the talks to continue beyond the EU accession''.|

He further explained that although ''it will make things perhaps a bit more difficult, the problem of the divided island will still persist and we will have to continue our efforts to try finding a solution. And if we do find a solution, then of course the EU will have to decide what it does''.

The UN chief said he expected President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in New York on October 3 and 4, ''to assess with them what progress has been made since our last joint meeting in Paris. We are going to continue our efforts and try to make progress as quickly as we can''.

Replying to a question by CNA, he stated that he would have a better sense, after he was briefed later today by his Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto.

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