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British envoy encouraged by work at peace talks
2003-01-27 16:26:32

Nicosia, Jan 27 (CNA) -- Lord David Hannay, Britain's special representative for Cyprus, has said he is encouraged by the intensive work that is being done in the framework of the UN-led negotiations.

He said that increased political will is needed to reach a compromise solution and invited everybody concerned to show this kind of resolve.

''I have been encouraged by the intensification of the work at both the political and technical level,'' Hannay said in a statement on departure from Cyprus, after a three-day working visit.

He said it will require ''a major effort of political will to reach the necessary compromises on the basis of the Secretary General's revised plan.''

''The British government is encouraging all concerned to demonstrate that will,'' he added.

Lord Hannay said this latest visit to Cyprus marks London's continuing firm commitment, as a member of the European Union and the Security Council, to ''doing all it can to assist the UN Secretary General and the two parties to the negotiations to reach a comprehensive settlement by 28 February.''|

He said he has seen a wide range of people engaged in the negotiations and talked to Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou, whose country is the current EU president, and said that next week he will be going to Ankara.

President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash are engaged in direct negotiations on a UN proposal for a comprehensive settlement. The UN have said they want to see a negotiated agreement by the end of February to enable a reunited Cyprus to join the EU and sign the Accession Treaty in mid April.

CNA MM/GP/2003

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