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UN may present new plan very soon, says Spokesman
2003-01-27 16:01:03

Nicosia, Jan 27 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government believes that the UN might present the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides with a new revised peace plan ''very soon'', if indeed the UN intend to make such a move.

Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou made statements to this effect after a working breakfast President Glafcos Clerides hosted for British special representative Lord David Hannay, who said he appreciates the approach of the Greek Cypriot side at the talks.|

''We have no specific information about a new peace plan being put forward but I believe this is a possibility that we should focus our attention on,'' Papapetrou said.

Asked about the timing of such a move on the part of the UN, bearing in mind that presidential elections are taking place in mid February, the spokesman said that he did not know and added ''since the UN is working with the timeframe of 28 February in mind, you should understand that if they are going to move in this direction, then they will do so very soon.''

A UN proposal, now being discussed at the talks, sets the end of February as a date by which the two sides must reach agreement for a comprehensive settlement.

Replying to questions, Papapetrou said UN Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto met twice this weekend with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash but did not see the President.

Papapetrou said that Denktash is now seeking detailed clarifications on the UN proposal, something which as he pointed out, the Greek Cypriot side did in early December when the revised proposal was presented to the two sides. This Denktash refused to do at the time, the spokesman noted.

Referring to the meeting between President Clerides and Hannay, Papapetrou said they reviewed the latest developments in the Cyprus question and the UN efforts to make headway with the peace process and lead things to a solution.

''The President reiterated our determination to seek a solution that would secure the fundamental parameters of the objectives of the people of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, which we consider necessary so that an agreed settlement can work,'' Papapetrou said.

Asked if Hannay conveyed any message, he said he appreciates in a positive manner the way the Greek Cypriot side conducts itself at the talks.

''Lord Hannay also said that time constraints are becoming tight and efforts must intensify to open up avenues that would lead to a solution,'' Papapetrou said.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

CNA MM/GP/2003

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