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UN memorandum ''preamble'' of new revised plan
2003-02-24 19:53:41

by Maria Myles-- Athens, Feb 24 (CNA) - A UN memorandum, handed to Cyprus' President elect Tassos Papadopoulos on Sunday in connection with the current peace talks, should be seen as a ''preamble'' to the presentation to the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides of a new revised UN proposal, according to diplomatic sources.

They told CNA that the Turkish Cypriot side has also been given a similar document by the UN, which outlines its own positions as these were formulated in the past ten days or so during discussions the Turkish Cypriot side has had with the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto.

The documents communicated to the two sides on Sunday were described by UN sources as ''compatible'' and of much the same length, over a couple of pages.

The memoranda outline the points which the UN consider that they can amend in such a way that the balance of a UN proposal, intended for submission to the two sides in Cyprus, is maintained.|

A UN source told CNA that this memorandum should be regarded as a ''preamble'' to the submission of a new plan on a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus and explained that its content reflects the understanding the UN has with regard to the positions of the two sides, as these were outlined in the recent meetings in the past week or so.

The UN has been conducting peace negotiations with the two sides in Cyprus and aims at finding a negotiated settlement by the end of February. It wants an agreement to be put to a referendum to the people by the end of March, to enable a reunited Cyprus to join the EU.

These expectations are outlined in a proposal UN Secretary General Kofi Annan gave the two sides on 10 December. Annan is due in Athens tomorrow and on Wednesday he arrives in Cyprus.


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