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Vassiliou says UN SG seeks commitment for referendum
2003-02-27 18:18:26

Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) -- United Democrats' leader and former President of the Republic, George Vassiliou, said here today he was impressed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's decision not to ask for a commitment by the two sides on his new revised plan for a solution to the Cyprus problem "but to ask for a commitment for a referendum".

Speaking to reporters before a National Council meeting, Vassiliou said "what I would like to stress is that what Mr. Annan is seeking is a commitment from the two sides to put the plan to a referendum".

He said ''this was different from what they said in the past, about Annan seeking a commitment on the plan before moving forward".

Both referenda (in the Greek Cypriot community and in the Turkish Cypriot community), said Vassiliou, will be held on 30 March.|

Vassiliou described today's lunch with Annan attended by political party leaders from both sides of the divide as "excellent".

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.

CNA/NMA/EC/GP/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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