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International Reaction: Special Advisor of the Secretary General of the UN
2001-12-08 13:32:11

Special Advisor of the Secretary General of the UN
Larnaca, Dec 6 (CNA) -- The top UN envoy for Cyprus appeared hopeful today that a political settlement to the long-standing Cyprus question can be found within the next six months.

Speaking on departure, UN Secretary General's special adviser for Cyprus Alvaro de Soto referred to "a very auspicious launching of a new phase" and talked about "continuous negotiations" to begin mid January on the island between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

"I am feeling very hopeful. I think a solution is possible within the next six months and my impression is that there is determination by the two leaders to reach it," de Soto told the press, after two days that saw Clerides and Denktash agreeing to start direct talks, under UN auspices, with no preconditions and with a view to finding a comprehensive settlement.|

He said the auspicious launching of a new phase "holds a lot of promise" and added he looked forward to coming back to Cyprus in January "for continuous negotiations."

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