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Kofi Annan urges Greece and Turkey to reach deal on security
2003-02-07 09:29:11

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Feb 7 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General's spokesman Fred Eckhard said Kofi Annan's special adviser on Cyprus will be in New York next week for consultations.

He also confirmed that Annan has urged the Greek and Turkish prime ministers to finalise without delay the security matters, as these concern Athens and Ankara in the peace plan he put forward to the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides last December.

Asked why de Soto is coming to New York, the Spokesman said de Soto will be here next week to brief the Secretary-General on the ongoing talks in Cyprus between the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots.

Asked if the Secretary-General had sent a letter to Prime Minister Costas Simitis of Greece and Prime Minister Abdullah Gul of Turkey inviting them to New York for talks, the Spokesman said the Secretary-General had sent letters to them, not to invite them to New York, but to emphasise the urgency of their pressing ahead without delay to finalise the security aspects of his revised December 10 proposal.|

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

CNA AZ/MM/GP/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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