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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 98-05-03

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  • [01] Holbrooke resumes contacts
  • [02] More meetings scheduled later
  • [03] President sees Holbrooke - more talks to

  • 1040:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Holbrooke resumes contacts

    Nicosia, May 3 (CNA) -- As US envoy for Cyprus, Richard Holbrooke, begins a second day of meetings with the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides, Rauf Denktash indicated that it would be better to keep quiet.

    Having aired his views yesterday in front of the cameras, the Turkish Cypriot leader said he had heard comments from the Greek Cypriot side, which refrained from any comment on the yesterday's consultations, that silence is wisdom.

    "Yes, (I heard the comment), silence is gold," he told the press shortly before his first meeting today with Holbrooke in Turkish occupied Nicosia.

    Asked if the US presidential emissary had told him anything interesting, Denktash said "everything is interesting."

    When Holbrooke was invited to say if things have moved forward, he replied "I do not know, we will see."

    Holbrooke is accompanied by US Ambassador to Cyprus, Kenneth Brill and State Department Coordinator Tomas Miller.

    Later today Holbrooke will see President Glafcos Clerides.

    CNA AA/MM/KN/1998

    [02] More meetings scheduled later

    Nicosia, May 3 (CNA) -- Richard Holbrooke, US presidential emissary, will have a second meeting later today with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

    After 45-minutes of talks with Denktash in Turkish occupied Nicosia, Holbrooke told the press as he was leaving "I will be back later in the afternoon."

    Denktash did not make any statement after his discussions with the US envoy.

    At noon, Holbrooke will hold talks with President Glafcos Clerides.

    CNA AA/MM/KN/1998

    President sees Holbrooke - more talks to follow Nicosia, May 3 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides had talks here today with US Presidential Emissary Richard Holbrooke for more than 30 minutes and more discussions are scheduled for later this afternoon.

    This is the first meeting between the two men today and it comes after this morning's discussions Holbrooke held with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in Turkish occupied Nicosia.

    "I will be back later," Holbrooke, who arrived here Friday, told the press after his talks with President Clerides.

    The US envoy is also planning a second meeting with Denktash at 16.00 (13.00 GMT).

    Tomorrow Holbrooke is expected to inaugurate the new automated telephone system the UN have installed to serve increasing demand from the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities for more telephone connection between the two.

    The US government has funded the scheme through the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees).

    Later on Monday he will give a press conference before leaving Cyprus at noon.

    CNA KN/MM/1998
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