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Secretary-General continues to meet with a wide range of leaders during Summit

16 September 2005 Continuing to take advantage of the record attendance of heads of State and Government at the 2005 World Summit, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan conferred with a number of leaders on the sidelines of the meeting today.

The UN's work in Cyprus was discussed during "constructive" talks with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos, according to a read-out provided by Mr. Annan's spokesman.

"President Papadopoulos urged the Secretary-General to continue his good offices mission and to consider holding a new round of talks. Both agreed that for the next round of talks to resume, the timing must be appropriate and it must be well-prepared."

The Secretary-General also assured the President that his good offices remained available and that he would stay in touch with both parties.

The Summit Outcome topped the agenda during a 45-minute meeting between the Secretary-General and President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, according to a read-out.

"The Secretary-General and Mr. Chavez reviewed the procedures used to arrive at the document, and potential points of difference Venezuela might have with the document and the procedures," the read-out said.

Mr. Chavez also elaborated on Venezuela's efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the country's plan to provide oil for Caribbean nations.

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