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07 December, 1999
The UN-led proximity talks on Cyprus will go on until the two parties involved either feel they can no longer make progress or they have a breakthrough to announce .
In his daily press briefing Fred Eckhard, Spokesman of the Secretary-General said the meetings would continue on a daily basis, adding that there is a tentative schedule for ten days, which will be extended if necessary.
He said Kofi Annan and his Special Advisor Alvaro de Soto met at 11 a.m. with "his Excellency Mr. (Glafcos) Clerides and at 12:15 p.m. (local times) with his Excellency Rauf Denktash".
Mr. Eckhard said that over the weekend Mr. de Soto met with each of the parties, citing however the "news blackout so we cannot talk about the substance of the talks".
Referring to the talks, Mr. Eckhard said "I expect they will continue to take place on a daily basis first with meeting one party, then with the other, and they (the two leaders) will go on until they feel the can no longer make progress or until they have a breakthrough to announce".
Mr. Eckhard said the UN "have scheduled something like ten days on a tentative basis, but we are prepared to stay longer if necessary."
The Secretary-General's spokesman said there will be scheduled meetings today with the two leaders but no time has yet been set, adding that these meetings will be conducted by Mr. de Soto.
Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash are participating in the proximity talks, which aim at preparing the ground for a comprehensive settlement.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of the island republic's territory.
Source: Athens News Agency