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The UN is counting on British and US support to start talks between the opposed communities in Cyprus this year. The divided island was the main subject of high-level talks in London on Wednesday night between Kofi Annan, the new head of the UN and Malcolm Rifkind, the British Foreign Secretary. Sir David Hannay, the UK Special Representative for Cyprus and Sir Kieran Prendergast, who is replacing Marrack Goulding as the UN's head of political affairs, were also present.