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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Tuesday, 7 December 1999
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and his special Advisor met with the Turkish Cypriot delegation headed by Rauf Denktash at 12:15 (New York time).
Replying to journalists' questions after the meeting with the UN Secretary- General, Mr Denktash said that an effort is underway "to make the ground for progress", adding that during the talks the discussions had gone beyond the four fundamental aspects laid out by the Secretary General.
"There is a news blackout and so we cannot talk about the substance of the talks. I expect they will continue to take place on a daily basis with meeting first one party and then with the other and that we'll go on until they feel they can no longer make progress or until they have a breakthrough to announce", he said.
Mr Eckhard added that there is a tentative schedule for ten days, which will be extended if necessary.
Speaking at a press conference in Brussels after a session of the 15 EU Foreign Ministers, Mr Papandreou reiterated that the Greek government had not yet decided whether to grant approval for such a candidacy, saying that negotiations were continuing until the last moment, with all issues "open".
He warned that Greece's EU partners would be responsible for any possible failure at Helsinki on account of "not properly assessing the significance of the issues we raised".
Mr Papandreou emphasised that all candidate countries should be treated on the same criteria.
"We must not use double standards in judging candidate countries," he said adding that the conditions that apply to the other candidate countries must also apply to Turkey.
Greece, he stated, is in favour of Turkey's candidacy if it is a substantial candidacy. If the European Union registers a commitment to deal with such problems in the decisions of the Helsinki summit, Turkey could be recognised as a candidate country, otherwise there will be deadlock, he concluded.
In a letter to the UN Secretary-General dated 30th November 1999, Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Sotos Zackheos stated that new violations of the Flight Information Region of Nicosia and the Republic's national air space by Turkish military aircraft, were recorded on 11,14,16, 17, 21,22, 23, 24, 26, and 27 November 1999.
Mr Zackheos stressed that these new provocative acts by Turkey demonstrate once more Turkey's blatant disregard of international law, the UN Charter and all the relevant UN decisions on Cyprus.
"Such actions" he pointed out, "take place at a time when the international community is expecting a positive attitude from the Turkish side, on the eve of the talks in New York on 3 December, in order to prepare the ground for meaningful negotiations, leading to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem."
The letter circulated as an official document of the General Assembly and of the Security Council on 6 December.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/