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Annan remains hopeful Copenhagen will yield positive results
2002-12-12 15:53:31

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Dec 12 (CNA) ? UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan remains hopeful that the meetings in Copenhagen will produce positive results about Cyprus.

Asked by CNA, if there would be good results from the Copenhagen summit or the parties will have another chance in the future, Secretary General said: ''It is difficult for me to say. The dynamics of these meetings can change very quickly".

He said he hoped "everything goes well", adding that he discussed this yesterday when he met Turkey's leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.|

"Alvaro De Soto (his special adviser on Cyprus) is there ready to talk to both sides and continue the process. And I hope we will be able to move forward'', the Secretary-General added.

Reliable UN sources told CNA that the SG believes the Turkish position can change, if a date closer than the year 2005 which the Germans and French propose, is offered. To that effect, they also predict that the UN - and even Annan himself - will continue efforts towards the Europeans, during the Copenhagen European Council.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.


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