© Copyright Embassy of Greece 1996-2005. All Rights Reserved.
24 September, 2002
The two sides on Cyprus were still capable of arriving at a final solution despite missing the original June deadline, UN special envoy for the Cyprus issue Alvaro de Soto said in Athens on Monday, after talks with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou.
De Soto stressed that all was not lost and that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was convinced that a solution was achievable, despite the great differences that still existed between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot sides on the divided island.
The UN envoy was in Athens on Monday to sound out Greek positions relative to ongoing UN efforts for a solution to the Cyprus problem. He is currently conducting another tour of Athens, Nicosia and Ankara to prepare for the meetings planned by Annan with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in New York on October 3-4, where the UN chief will again attempt to mediate for a final solution to the Cyprus issue.
Commenting on the meeting, Papandreou said he had conveyed the Greek government's positions on the Cyprus problem, Cyprus' accession to the EU and relations between the EU and Turkey.
The Greek minister also underlined that an opportunity to solve the Cyprus problem still existed and called on all the interested parties to take advantage of this for a final solution that was in accord with UN resolutions and European practice.
The UN envoy described his talks with Papandreou as 'interesting' and announced that he would be visiting Ankara next week.
Source: Athens News Agency