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Spokesman says National Counc not expected to reply to Annan yet
2003-03-04 13:44:48

Nicosia, Mar 4 (CNA) ? Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said the National Council is not expected on Wednesday to take a decision on the UN Secretary-General's request whether the Greek Cypriot side will put the Foundation Agreement to a referendum.

He said this afternoon's meeting between President Tassos Papadopoulos and UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, attended by the members of the Greek Cypriot Negotiating Team, aims at "investigating the possibility to further negotiate issues regarding the (UN) plan's functionality".|

Asked if the Greek Cypriot side will answer "yes" on condition or "no" under condition to the Annan request, Chrysostomides said this was an issue which will surely be placed before the National Council meeting, tomorrow.

The Spokesman said President Papadopoulos is expecting the members of the National Council to give their views in the form of advice.

Chrysostomides reiterated the Greek Cypriot side's positive response to Annan's invitation to The Hague.

The Spokesman further said the government was not aware that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash had sent a letter to Kofi Annan asking him to clarify whether he needs to travel to The Hague if he responds negatively to the UN Secretary-General's request for the referendum.

Regarding Papadopoulos' visit to Athens tomorrow, Chrysostomides said it was a "working" visit and a continuation" of last week's talks in the Greek capital between Papadopoulos and Greek Premier Costas Simitis.

"I am certain that there will be a complete discussion of all the issues. In any case, our accession course has been officially declared by the EU and by the Greek government, that it is a simultaneous procedure, completely independent from a Cyprus settlement", he added.

Chrysostomides said that the names of the three Greek Cypriot judges who will participate in the Supreme Court to be established after a settlement, will be an issue to be discussed at the National Council and will be raised during the meeting with de Soto.

Former President Glafcos Clerides has been invited to participate at tomorrow's National Council meeting, said Chrysostomides, although he was not certain if Clerides accepted the invitation.

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


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