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Clerides to meet Weston on January 17
2003-01-08 10:02:40

Nicosia, Jan 8 (CNA) ? President Glafcos Clerides will meet in Nicosia on January 17 with State Department Coordinator, Thomas Weston, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said here Wednesday.

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting, he also said that according to reports Russian Federation envoy for Cyprus, Vladimir Prygin will be in Cyprus next week.

"All this, in addition to the arrival of UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto on Monday and the beginning of contacts ? meetings with the two sides from Tuesday," Papapetrou added.

The Spokesman clarified that no revised UN plan is under study but it is natural that at the end of the negotiations, the UN will try to overcome the differences by presenting a different interpretation of the Annan plan.|

"Those expecting a plan with a different philosophy, are unrealistic. Some things will change just like they did between the first and second version of the Annan plan," he added.

He pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side does not know what kind of negotiations will take place, whether they will be face to face or proximity or whether the Annan maps will change.

"It is well known that the issue of territory is one of the central points which the Turkish side raises and wants to negotiate. However, I am saying, and this is just a possibility, that a different version of the Annan plan will be presented to the two sides and they (the sides) will be asked to give their positions on this plan," Papapetrou added.

"If they agree, we reach an agreement, if they disagree, then the effort will continue," the Spokesman concluded.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked the two sides in Cyprus to engage in intensive negotiations with a view to resolve the Cyprus problem and achieve a comprehensive settlement by 28th of February.


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