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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 97-04-02

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  • [01] UN envoy confirms Annan-Denktash meeting
  • [02] Cyprus Foreign Minister flies to Romania
  • [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange

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    [01] UN envoy confirms Annan-Denktash meeting

    Nicosia, Apr 2 (CNA) -- UN Resident Representative, Gustave Feissel, has confirmed press reports that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will meet Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, on April 9, in Geneva, to discuss the Cyprus problem.

    The UN envoy was speaking after a 90-minute meeting here today with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, as part of UN-led proximity talks between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides.

    Asked to confirm that Kofi Annan will be meeting Denktash on April 9, Feissel said "that is correct", adding that he will be present at the Geneva meeting.

    The UN representative said he is not in a position to confirm a report in the Turkish Cypriot press that face-to-face talks between President Clerides and Denktash will begin in July.

    "We are aiming for the middle of the year and there is no specific date so far," he added. The UN official refrained from assessing the outcome of the talks so far.

    Asked if he reports on his meetings, Feissel said he "has been keeping New York abreast of what's going on" and said he will do so again before the meeting on April 9.

    However, he pointed out that "the word 'report' makes it sounds as if it is something on parchment, but it is not."

    He said "it is just information on what has been going on here and an assessment on the way things are going."

    Asked if unilateral good will measures will be announced before the Secretary-General's meeting with Denktash, Feissel said he "does not know."

    He pointed out that specific gestures each side could take are being discussed, but would not reveal them because of an agreement by all parties not to make statements regarding these meetings.

    "We talk about specific things of course. We've had some ideas, each side has some ideas and we try to come up with some ideas that everybody can buy," Feissel added.

    After his meeting with Feissel yesterday, Denktash is reported to have said he would consider "visits" by Greek Cypriots to the Turkish-occupied part of the Republic, as "tourists", as a good-will measure.

    The Turkish Cypriot leader said another good-will gesture would be to allow foreign tourists to enter the Turkish-occupied part of the island through its illegal ports and airports.

    "Those comments of his were general comments which reflected his general wishes," Feissel said, replying to a relevant question.

    He pointed out that "he knows that both sides have to make contributions which would be pleasing to both sides."

    Feissel will meet with Denktash again tomorrow and President Clerides on Friday. This is the third week of bi-weekly separate meetings Feissel is having with President Clerides and Denktash.

    Asked if there is any development in a UN-led military dialogue between the Republic's National Guard and the Turkish occupation forces, on proposals aimed to defuse tension along the demarcation line dividing Cyprus since the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island, he said "we are still not there."

    "It's taking too long," Feissel admitted, but noted the UN "will persevere and hopefully we'll get there before too long."

    CNA MA/GP/1997

    [02] Cyprus Foreign Minister flies to Romania

    Larnaca, Apr 2 (CNA) -- Cyprus Foreign Minister Alecos Michaelides left today for Romania, for a three-day official visit at the invitation of his Romanian counterpart Adrian Severin.

    During his stay in Romania, the Cypriot Minister will be received by the President and the Prime Minister of the country as well as the Speakers of the Assembly of Deputies and the Senate.

    He will also hold talks with Foreign Minister Adrian Severin and Trade and Industry Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.

    Speaking on his departure from Larnaca Airport, Michaelides said he is visiting Romania at the invitation of his Romanian counterpart, who visited Cyprus last year.

    During that visit, the two Ministers signed a political cooperation protocol.

    Michaelides noted that the two countries "cooperate very closely in the political field."

    Romania, he added, shows "a special interest in the Cyprus problem and supports efforts to end the Cyprus tragedy."

    The Foreign Minister recalled that Romania has applied for European Union membership and noted that the two countries have close economic ties.

    "Many Cypriot businesspeople have close relations with Romania, while others have invested in this country," he added.

    "Therefore there are serious reasons which call for continuous contact so that cooperation in all fields can be upgraded," Michaelides said.

    The Foreign Minster will return to Cyprus on Friday, April 4.

    CNA MA/GP/1997

    [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Apr 2 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
    CSE All Share Index                    80.39 (-0.90)
    Highest: 82.46 (21/1/97)
    Lowest : 73.90 (30/1/97)
    Sectural Indices
    Banks                                  91.54 (-1.09)
    Approved Investment Companies          70.46 (-2.21)
    Insurance Companies                    62.42 (-0.03)
    Industrial Companies                   79.71 (-0.09)
    Tourist Industries                     61.78 (-0.71)
    Commercial Companies                   54.30 (-1.68)
    Other Companies                        55.74 (-0.91)
    Trading Volume                         CYP 1490941.020
    * The difference in brackets represents the percentage increase (+) or decrease (-) of the index from the previous stock exchange meeting.
    CNA AP/1997

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