Hercus shuttle continues

SHUTTLE talks on the Cyprus problem under UN auspices continued yesterday when Unficyp chief of mission Dame Ann Hercus met President Clerides.

No statements were made after the 40-minute meeting, but Dame Ann said she would have a further meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, probably on Monday.

She will also meet President Clerides again next Friday.

The shuttle talks have been going on for the past two weeks in secrecy.

UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan has mandated Dame Ann to develop a process for on-island contacts with the goal of reducing tensions and promoting progress towards a settlement.