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Annan wants genuine desire by parties for Cyprus settlement
2003-04-11 18:08:25

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Apr 10 (CNA) - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he needed to see a genuine desire and a change on the part of all the parties involved to solve the Cyprus problem.



Answering a question by CNA before the start of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Cyprus and his report on his mission of good offices in Cyprus, Annan said that when he sees a change in attitude and a genuine desire to move forward on all sides he will see what he can do to help.|

Invited to elaborate on the point in his report that he does not see an initiative on Cyprus soon, Annan told CNA, ''I need to see a genuine desire, change on the part of all the parties to want to settle this issue''.

''I think in the report I made it clear why we didn't make progress and what I believe needs to be done for us to go forward. I also indicated that when I see a change in attitude and a genuine desire to move forward on all sides I will be prepared to see what I can do to help'', he added.

Already, Annan's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto has read the Secretary-General's report to the members of the Security Council. The meeting was adjourned and the Council will later hold informal consultations on the issue.

CNA/AZ/EC/RG/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
10/04/2003

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