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08 February, 2000
Direct negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides will take place once proximity talks move ahead and there is common ground and when the UN decide to invite the two sides to direct negotiations, without necessarily announcing it ahead of time, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said here Monday.
The minister did not rule out a face to face meeting between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash during the third round of UN-sponsored talks later on in the year. Kasoulides explained that the objective of the first two rounds of talks was not to bridge the positions of the two sides but rather to give the UN a better insight into the views outlined by the sides.
The minister also said that Ankara is well aware of the view taken by Athens that improvement of Greco-Turkish relations has to run parallel with progress towards a Cyprus settlement.
Source: Athens News Agency