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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Monday, 6 December 1999
Replying to journalists' questions before the talks, the UN Secretary General expressed the hope that serious discussions will take place on substantial issues in search of a comprehensive settlement.
"I don't expect a miraculous solution. As I've said, we shouldn't have unrealistic expectations that at this round we're going to be able to solve the Cyprus crisis, but we're going to try to move the process forward", he said.
He expressed satisfaction that both parties "have come determined to engage in a meaningful dialogue".
In a brief statement to the press after the meetings, the UN Secretary General said: "As long as we are talking, we are making progress."
Asked how the meeting went President Clerides said: "You can see we are smiling." He refrained from making any comments on the content of the talks respecting the news black out requested by the Secretary General.
According to a UN announcement, the proximity talks will continue today. At 11am there will be a meeting between the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor for Cyprus Mr Alvaro de Soto and President Clerides and at 12.45 pm Mr De Soto will hold a meeting with the Turkish Cypriot Leader Rauf Denktash.
Replying to questions, Mr Eckhard said that the US President's Special Emissary for Cyprus Mr Alfred Moses did not deliver a letter from US President Bill Clinton to the UN Secretary General, for technical reasons. Mr Moses, he said, expressed orally the support of the United States Government for the proximity talks that had began.
In the afternoon during an official ceremony, the two Ministers signed a protocol on supplements and amendments to the Russo-Cyprus intergovernmental agreement on military-technological cooperation.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/