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UN: leaders can still make refinements to Annan plan until 25 March
2003-03-06 14:40:05

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- New York, Mar 6 (CNA) ? The United Nations announced here Thursday the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus can still make "refinements" to the Secretary-General's plan for a comprehensive settlement up until 25 March, 2003.

During his visit to Cyprus last month, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan asked President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to travel to The Hague and tell him whether or not they would sign a commitment to submit the Foundation Agreement to approval at separate simultaneous referenda on 30 March in order to achieve a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

"The SG has said that his plan is structured in such a way that should a positive outcome be reached in The Hague the two leaders can still if both of them agree to, make further refinements to the plan up until the 25th of March", a written statement by a UN Secretary-General's Spokesman said.|

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

CNA/AZ/EC/ΜΚ/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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