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President receives British envoy
2002-11-21 14:20:15

Nicosia, Nov 21 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides and British special representative for Cyprus Lord David Hannay met here this morning for over an hour and discussed developments in the peace process, as these emerge following the submission of a UN proposal on a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus.

Hannay reiterated the view he expressed Wednesday after a meeting in Athens with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou. ''We have said there is still time for a settlement,'' Lord Hannay told reporters when asked if there is time to reach agreement on Cyprus before the European Union summit in mid December in Copenhagen.|

His visit comes as consultations are taking place among all interested parties in Cyprus on the UN proposal in a bid to begin negotiations and if possible conclude an agreement in principle before the December summit.

President Clerides had said he is ready to negotiate on the basis of the proposal but indicated there are points that need further clarification or amendment.

Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, recovering from complications from open heart surgery he underwent in New York, has yet to inform the UN Secretary General of his intentions with regard to the proposal.

The working breakfast took place in the presence of senior aides to the President, including Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Attorney General Alecos Markides and Hannay's team that included British High Commissioner Lyn Parker, his deputy Philip Barton and others.

Kasoulides had an-hour long meeting with Hannay after the working breakfast.

Hannay was scheduled later today to call on House President Demetris Christofias, and have separate meetings with leaders of parliamentary parties. In the evening he will sit at a dinner at the US Ambassador's residence.

On Friday, he will have a working breakfast with the Attorney General and then cross into the Turkish-occupied part of the island to meet Turkish Cypriot party leaders.

There will also be a briefing of European Union Ambassadors resident in Nicosia before he leaves on Friday night.

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