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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Wednesday, 27 March 2002
 Second round of direct talks to conclude todayPresident Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash will have their last meeting today, which concludes the second round of UN-led peace talks, aimed at finding a solution to the Cyprus problem. The meeting will take place in the presence of the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Mr Alvaro de Soto, who will then travel to Athens and Ankara for consultations before flying to New York to brief the Secretary General and the Security Council in early April.
The talks are expected to resume in the second week in April, after Mr De Soto's return from New York.
Yesterday's meeting between President Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash took place in the presence of the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Mr Alvaro de Soto. Present at the meeting were also the members of each side's delegation.
 House President in Libya for talksThe President of the House of Representatives Mr Demetris Christofias arrived in Tripoli, Libya on Monday for a three-day official visit, at the invitation of the President of Libya's General People's Congress Mr Zenati Mohamed Zenati.
Mr Christofias had separate meetings with the Libyan Foreign Minister Abdulrahman Shalgan and with the Minister of Environment, Human Resources and Infrastructure and President of the Libyan-Cyprus Friendship Group at the General Peoples' Congress Dr Ehteuesh Ehteuesh. In the evening Mr Christofias attended a dinner given in his honour by Dr Ehteuesh.
During his meeting with the Libyan Foreign Minister, Mr Christofias briefed him on the present phase of the Cyprus problem and especially on the course of the direct talks between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. The House President underlined that the prospects for a solution to the Cyprus problem are not auspicious because of the continuing intransigence of the Turkish side and its unreasonable and unacceptable demands for the creation of two states in Cyprus.
Mr Christofias stressed that the basis for a viable and just solution to the Cyprus problem can be none other than the UN resolutions and the 1977 an 1979 High Level Agreements, which call for a bizonal, bicommunal federation.
The two Ministers also reviewed the very good relations between the two countries and examined issues of mutual interest in the international political scene with an emphasis on developments in the Middle East.
At the meeting between Mr Christofias and Dr Ehteuesh, the mutual respect of the two sides was expressed, regarding the steady positions of principle on which each other's support is based on issues affecting the two countries directly or indirectly.
Ways of further strengthening the already good relations between the two Parliaments were also discussed.
On their part, the Libyan Ministers expressed their country's support for the just struggle of the people of Cyprus and underlined the need for a solution to the Cyprus problem based on the UN resolutions.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/