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Clerides, Denktash to meet Kofi Annan separately
2002-10-02 15:25:09

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- New York, Oct 2 (CNA) -- The UN Secretariat announced today Thursday's meetings in the context of the ongoing Cyprus peace talks. "Tomorrow 3rd of October, the Secretary General in furtherance of his mission of good offices will begin two days of consultations with the two Cypriot leaders," a statement, issued here today, read.

"The Secretary General will separately meet His Excellency Mr Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, at 12 pm and His Excellency Mr Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, at 1230 pm," the statement said, adding that after that "he will host them together for a working lunch."

"The lunch is to be followed by a further meeting in the afternoon," it said.

Prior to the meetings with Annan, both leaders are scheduled to have separate meetings with Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, who has been conducting the peace negotiations for the past nine months.|

President Clerides and Denktash are both in New York at the invitation of the Secretary General, who met both of them a month ago in Paris and urged them to make headway in their talks and report to him on 3-4 October.

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