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Secretary General sends letters to guarantor powers
2003-03-05 16:51:10

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Mar 5 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has written to the prime ministers of Greece, Turkey and Britain inviting them to be represented at a meeting on Monday in The Hague at a level appropriate to the importance of his meeting with the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides.

The Secretary General has said he was pleased with the support he received from the Security Council for his efforts to help find a negotiated settlement in Cyprus and said he looks to the three guarantor powers to provide strong support for a successful outcome of his meeting on Monday.

Annan has invited Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to The Hague to tell him whether they intend to put to the people of Cyprus his peace proposal for a comprehensive settlement on March 30.|

''The Secretary General was pleased with the support he received in the Security Council yesterday for his efforts to assist the parties in Cyprus reach a comprehensive settlement,'' a statement by Annan's spokesman said here today.

''The Secretary General has since written to the prime ministers of Greece, Turkey and the UK - the guarantor powers - inviting them to be represented in The Hague next Monday, 10 March, at a level commensurate with the importance of the meeting,'' the statement added.

He noted that Annan ''is looking to the guarantors to give strong support to his effort so that simultaneous referenda go ahead on 30 March 2003,'' it said.

The Secretary General wants the three guarantor powers to confirm their agreement with the holding of the separate referenda and to commit themselves to signing with Cyprus a Treaty on matters related to the new state of affairs in Cyprus.

CNA/AZ/MM/2002
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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