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08 July, 2000
The UN-sponsored peace talks, which resumed here Wednesday, are to adjourn on 12 July following a request by the Greek Cypriot side, well informed sources said on Friday, adding that the adjournment is also due to political developments which will become apparent at a later stage.
The same sources said by the 12th the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides will have concluded the presentation of their respective positions, as requested by the UN.
It is expected that the UN will submit some ideas to the two sides but it is not yet clear whether this will take place before Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Rauf Denktash leave Geneva or when they return to this Swiss city for more talks on 24 July.
The UN announced the adjournment earlier Friday. The announcement was made at a UN briefing on the request of UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Cyprus Alvaro de Soto.
When asked by CNA why talks will stop this early UN spokesperson in Geneva Marie Hoze replied, "this is the calendar of proximity talks".
"The Cyprus proximity talks underway in Geneva under the Secretary- General's auspices will adjourn on 12 July and resume on 24 July.
They will continue until early August and resume in New York on 12 September until early October," the announcement said.
The current third round of proximity talks between the UN and President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash began on 5 July. Two previous rounds took place, the first one in New York last December and the second one in Geneva last February.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.
Source: Athens News Agency