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    UNIS/SG/2443
    16 November 1999
    Secretary-General Says Proximity Talks
    On Cyprus Will Start 3 December

    NEW YORK, 15 November (UN Headquarters) -- Following is a statement by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, made on 13 November, concerning proximity talks on Cyprus:

     I have spoken with Glafcos Clerides, and he has agreed to start proximity talks in New York on 3 December, in order to prepare the ground for meaningful negotiations leading to a comprehensive settlement.

     I have spoken with Rauf Denktash, who has also agreed to start proximity talks in New York on 3 December, in order to prepare the ground for meaningful negotiations leading to a comprehensive settlement.

     Now that the parties have agreed, I am looking forward to welcoming them for what I expect will be substantive talks.

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