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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-12-03
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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Friday, 3 December 1999
Mr de Soto, who was briefing the press yesterday at the UN Headquarters in New York, also said that it would be "adventurous to expect that any agreement is likely to emerge on substantive questions during this round of proximity talks". However, he added, the talks will address the core issues of the Cyprus problem, namely Security, Distribution of Powers, Property and Territory.
Mr de Soto also announced that the US Presidential Emissary Mr Moses is going to deliver today to the UN Secretary General a letter from President Clinton.
Asked to define its content Mr de Soto refrained from revealing it, but according to press reports President Clinton's move indicates the importance attached by Washington to the successful conclusion of the talks.
"Cyprus is a matter which the Security Council continues to follow with the closest interest", the Council President Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, said in a press statement after the Council heard a briefing on the talks by Alvaro de Soto, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus. "The Council has stated repeatedly that the status quo in Cyprus is unacceptable".
The Spokesman also said President Clerides got firm assurances from the US and the UN that the proximity talks beginning today in New York will be substantive and will aim at preparing the ground for a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus question.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/