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De Soto meets Annan
2003-01-10 12:28:39

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Jan 9 (CNA) ? UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, met Wednesday with Kofi Annan and was expected to depart New York Thursday for Turkey, the first stop of his tour to Ankara, Athens and Nicosia.

Asked by CNA, De Soto confirmed his meeting with the Secretary-General, which took place at the latter's residence, but did not want to go into details. The UN diplomat also met UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Sir Kieran Prendergast.

A UN spokeswoman said she had no information on De Soto's contacts. UN sources said a review of developments, based on the positions of all relevant parties was examined, as well as the Turkish government's stance and the forthcoming presidential elections in Cyprus.

De Soto arrives in Cyprus on January 13, and will meet the leaders of the two sides. Although negotiations are expected to resume on the 15th it is still uncertain whether they will be conducted in the form of direct or proximity talks.|

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.

CNA/AZ/EC/KN/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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