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UN continues talks with two sides
2002-12-08 10:18:38

Nicosia, Dec 8 (CNA) -- Alvaro de Soto, UN Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus, is meeting later today Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash as part of renewed and intensive attempts to find a political settlement, prior to next week's European Union summit.

De Soto started a new round of shuttle diplomacy between President Glafcos Clerides and Denktash, with a three hour long meeting with Clerides on Saturday.

Today's de Soto-Dentkash meeting is the first one for some time between the two men, as Dentkash only returned to the island on Saturday. He was in New York, recovering from heart surgery.

Aides working with the de Soto team were also busy consulting the two sides in separate meetings. Some of the aides met with members of the Greek Cypriot negotiating team, including Attorney General Alecos Markides, and Swiss legal expert Didier Pfirter met with Denktash's adviser Ergun Olgun.|

Talks focus on a UN proposal, submitted to the two sides in early November. Clerides and Denktash communicated to the UN their comments, remarks and suggestions on the proposal and it is likely that the UN will put forward a revised version of the original proposal.

CNA MM/2002
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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