Statement by UN Secretary General following his meeting with meeting with
President Clerides and Mr. Denktash in Paris
September 6, 2002
I met today with each Cypriot leader, first with H.E. Mr. Denktash, the
Turkish Cypriot leader, then with H.E. Mr. Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader,
after which I hosted them for lunch together.
I have asked the leaders to go back to the island and work with my Special
Advisor, Mr. de Soto, on the issues that I highlighted to them today, and to meet with me once more
I very much hope that the leaders will tackle the matters I discussed with
them with a sense of urgency before our next meeting. Mr.
I have seen a great deal of speculation in the press, much of it pessimistic.
My discussions today confirm my belief that, though serious differences remain,
the elements of a comprehensive settlement that would meet the basic needs of
both sides do, in fact, exist.
Each side has its own distinct and strongly held
perspective, both on the history of the
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