Political Affairs Chief in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey
UN Political Affairs Chief Visits Cyprus, Greece and Turkey
New York, May 31 2005 7:00PM
The United Nations
chief of political affairs is visiting Cyprus, Greece and
Turkey to assess the mood on the island and in the region
after the parallel referenda in Turkish Cypriot and Greek
Cypriot communities late last April on Secretary-General
Kofi Annan’s proposal to re-unite before joining the
European Union (EU).
After arriving yesterday, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast today met Greek Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos of the EU member, Cyprus, and tomorrow he is scheduled to meet with Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat.
Mr. Prendergast would also meet authorities in Athens, Greece, and Ankara, Turkey, between 2 and 7 June before heading back to UN Headquarters in New York to report to Mr. Annan.
A UN spokesman said earlier this month that Mr. Annan had asked Sir Kieran to listen to the views of all parties on the future of the Secretary-General's mission of good offices on Cyprus.