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British envoy on Cyprus visits Ankara for talks
2003-02-03 09:50:59

Nicosia, Feb 3 (CNA) -- Britain's special representative for Cyprus, Lord David Hannay, is in Ankara for contacts with the Turkish government to press on with a UN demand for an agreement on a political settlement in Cyprus by the end of February.

Nicosia-based British High Commission press spokesman Stuart Summers told CNA that Hannay will be meeting Turkish Under-secretary at the Foreign Ministry Ugur Ziyal, senior government officials and will sit at a working lunch with Turkish politicians.

Replying to questions, Summers said that the main objective of Hannay's visit is to ''press on with the Turkish government the need to adhere to the timeframe UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has set out in his peace plan on a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, which is 28 February.''|

Asked if the support Turkey's powerful National Security Council has extended to the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community can render an agreement more difficult, he said ''if you take the statement by the Council at face value, yes it can make it more difficult.''

The Council, comprising the military and political leadership, said last Friday that it supports the views and positions of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, as these are outlined at the UN-led peace talks.

Hannay was in Athens and Nicosia last week and according to Summers at present there are no plans for a fresh visit to the island.

Speaking on arrival in Ankara on Sunday, Hannay said it was possible to reach agreement by the end of February and added that it was also time to take decisions on Cyprus.

He said the Cyprus question had entered a very critical period and a very difficult and complicated process went on.

CNA MM/GP/2003

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