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Reply to Annan to be decided in The Hague
2003-03-09 09:27:51

Nicosia, Mar 8 (CNA) - The Greek Cypriot side will decide in The Hague whether to give a ''yes'' or ''no'' reply to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who has invited the two sides on the island to tell him if they will put to the people of Cyprus his plan for a comprehensive settlement at separate simultaneous referenda.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today's meeting of the National Council, which convened under President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, did not aim at taking a decision on the matter.|

''Today's meeting did not aim at taking a specific and final decision. The decision will be taken in The Hague at a National Council meeting before the meeting of the President of the Republic with the UN Secretary General'', he said.

Papadopoulos departs for The Hague tomorrow accompanied by the members of the National Council, top advisory body to the President on the Cyprus problem.

Chrysostomides said that today the President briefed the members of the National Council on his recent talks in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis.

''In view of the forthcoming trip of the President of the Republic to the Hague, accompanied by the members of the National Council, in depth views were exchanged and all the developments and relevant factors were evaluated'', Chrysostomides said.

Asked if the National Council would be in a continuous session in The Hague, Chrysostomides said ''exactly''. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/AAG/KS/RG/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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