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Annan to make statement on Cyprus, to meet Bush in Washington
2002-11-11 14:49:33

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis United Nations, Nov 11 (CNA) -- The Cyprus problem will be among the issues which UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will discuss with US President George Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell, diplomatic sources revealed to CNA.

At the same time, UN Associate Spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced that Kofi Annan would brief the Security Council, today at 15:15 local time and he would make a statement on Cyprus after the briefing.

"We do expect a statement on Cyprus with more information for you, when the Security Council deliberations finish'', he said.

Dujarric clarified that the statement will be made by the Secretary General but he did not know whether a similar statement will be made by the Chinese president of the Council.|

Asked if a plan was given to the two parties in Cyprus, Dujarric said that the SG's Special Advisor on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, met with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides. During that meeting what he conveyed ''reflects the deliberations of the Secretary General on Cyprus".

"At the same time, here in New York", said Dujarric, the Undersecretary General for Political Affairs, Sir Kieran Prendergast met with the representative of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to pass on the same information".

The spokesman did not want to explain if the paper which Kofi Annan gave are ''his ideas'' or '' plan'' but suggested patience until the meeting of the Council.

''You can say that what was conveyed to both the Greek Cypriot leader and the representative of the Turkish Cypriot leader was the results of the SG's deliberations on Cyprus.

Kofi Anan will travel tomorrow and Wednesday to Washington D.C. area for appearances in colleges. While in US capital, Annan will have meetings with US President George Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powel.

Diplomatic sources revealed to CNA that amongst the topics that will be discussed is the situation in Iraq and Cyprus.

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