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Britain's Cyprus envoy to be in The Hague for meeting
2003-03-06 14:04:31

Nicosia, Mar 6 (CNA) -- Lord David Hannay, British special representative for Cyprus, will be in The Hague on Monday, with regard to the UN-led peace effort, at the request of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.|

Annan has invited the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides to meet him on Monday at The Hague and inform him whether they will put to the people a peace proposal for a comprehensive settlement, he submitted to them last month.

The Secretary General has also asked Greece, Turkey and Britain, Cyprus' guarantor powers, to be represented at The Hague next Monday, ''at a level commensurate with the importance of the meeting.''

Greece has said it would announce its representative to The Hague today.

If the two leaders agree to hold separate simultaneous referenda on March 30, they will sign on Monday a commitment to that effect. The representatives of the three guarantor powers will be asked to sign a statement expressing agreement with the holding of referenda and commitment to signing with Cyprus the Treaty on matters related to the new state of affairs in Cyprus.

Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos leaves for The Hague on Sunday, accompanied by political party leaders. The Cypriot President is in Athens for consultations today with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis, ahead of Monday's meeting.

Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, who is currently in Ankara for consultations with Turkish officials, has said he would go to The Hague to explain to the Secretary General the thinking behind his reasoning for rejecting his suggestion to put to the people the peace plan.


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