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07 May, 2002
Greece's Ambassador to Nicosia Christos Panagopoulos stated on Monday that the forthcoming visit to Cyprus by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan gives rise to expectations for a settlement of the Cyprus issue.
Panagopoulos expressed his satisfaction over the statement by the U.N. Security Council, which called on the Turkish Cypriot side to fully cooperate in the efforts being made for the achievement of an agreement. ''It is a statement which says it all,'' Panagopoulos said.
Annan announced plans to travel to Cyprus and meet with President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in an effort to enhance the face-to-face negotiations and make ''decisive progress'', meeting the June target date for an agreement.
Although no dates were given, Annan is expected to arrive May 15 and stay for 2-3 days.
The announcement of Annan's trip to Cyprus was made on Thursday by his special advisor on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, during a briefing of the members of the Security Council.
Following the briefing by De Soto, President of the Security Council for the month of May, Kishore Mahbubani, in a statement said ''they urged both sides, and in particular the Turkish side, to cooperate fully with the Secretary-General's Special Adviser in such an effort.''
Source: Athens News Agency