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Spokesman: delicate consultations ongoing at UN
2003-03-27 14:27:08

Nicosia, Mar 26 (CNA) -- Cypriot and Greek diplomats are engaged in delicate consultations with UN officials in New York in anticipation of a report on the outcome of the latest peace effort to solve the Cyprus question, which ended in failure earlier this month, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides said here today.

He said the government is seeking to ensure that the good offices mission of the Secretary General for a solution through peaceful means is safeguarded and that the UN report will depict a true picture of the positions of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides throughout this latest effort and apportion blame where it is due.|

The spokesman was replying to press questions ahead of a briefing today by Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, who conducted the year-long talks, before the five permanent members of the Security Council.

The briefing takes place after the Secretary General said in The Hague on March 11 that ''we have come to the end of the road'' of this effort, having noted in a statement that Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos had agreed to hold a referendum on his peace proposal whereas Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Dentkash declined to do so, and demanded radical changes to the proposal.

The spokesman said there is a concerted effort by Cyprus and Greece to inform fully the appropriate circles about the collapse of the talks, noting that this campaign has already yielded tangible results.

Alvaro de Soto, whose office here is closing down this week after a decision by Kofi Annan, is in New York preparing a voluminous report on his attempt to bring about a comprehensive settlement, ahead of Cyprus' accession to the European Union.

Cyprus signs next month the Accession Treaty and in May 2004 it will join the EU as a full member.

CNA MM/GP/2003

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