Mr. Annan met with the Greek Cypriot leader, Glafcos Clerides, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, and the incoming Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, for 45 minutes. This was the first meeting held between Mr. Papadopoulos and Mr. Denktash in the context of the talks.The meeting held at the office of Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, was suspended to allow each side to hold its own consultations. All parties agreed to meet again with the Secretary-General tomorrow morning.After the meeting, Mr. Annan conferred with his senior advisers before he departed for the residence of the chief of the UN mission in Cyprus, Zbigniew Wlosowicz, where he met with the leader of the Progressive Party for Working People (AKEL), Dimitris Christofias.Later on, Mr. Wlosowicz, on Mr. Annan’s behalf, hosted a luncheon attended by 13 leaders of the island’s political parties. Mr. Annan was expected to drop by later at an exhibition given by Greek and Turkish Cypriot artists at the hotel where he is staying.
The UN ambassador for space has said Winston Churchill was a racist responsible for “atrocities”, and apologised for quoting the wartime leader in a tweet.Scott Kelly came under fire from anti-racism activists after tweeting on Sunday: “One of the greatest leaders of modern times, Sir Winston Churchill said, in victory, magnanimity.“I guess those days are over.”This triggered hundreds of replies from his followers, as they blamed Churchill for the Bengal famine of 1943 and compared the late prime minister to Adolf Hitler, who he helped defeat.One Twitter user wrote: “Sir with all due respect, Winston Churchill is just as good as Hitler.” Another said: “With due respect Astronaut Kelly, Winston Churchill is NOT the greatest leaders of the Modern times especially when he was responsible for the Bengal Famine of 1943. Not many in the West perhaps know this. I would probably say he was one of the greatest Orators of modern times.”Responding, the former NASA astronaut, who has commanded three International Space Station Expeditions, publicly apologised. Did not mean to offend by quoting Churchill. My apologies. I will go and educate myself further on his atrocities, racist views which I do not support. My point was we need to come together as one nation. We are all Americans. That should transcend partisan politics.— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) October 7, 2018 “My point was we need to come together as one nation. We are all Americans. That should transcend partisan politics.”Many criticised the former astronaut for apologising.Academic Christina Sommers wrote: “Please don’t apologize. Winston Churchill, like all of us, had serious human failings. But unlike most of us—he possessed genuine greatness. And that greatness may have saved freedom & democracy. Ask the Twitter scolds to name a hero or heroine who didn’t have serious flaws.”Another critic agreed, adding: “For God’s sake, we can’t quote Churchill now?!? What would have happened to the resistance against Nazism with a lesser man as PM? What would have happened to the resistance if it had torn itself to bits over questions of idealogical purity? We live in dumb (and dangerous) times!” He wrote: “Did not mean to offend by quoting Churchill. My apologies. I will go and educate myself further on his atrocities, racist views which I do not support. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.