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Cypriot President asks Annan to reengage in talks
2003-12-22 10:49:18

Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) -- President Tassos Papadopoulos has asked UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to reengage in the question of Cyprus with a view at resuming talks, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said.

He also said that Annan's demand to fix a date for a referendum on his peace proposal is not feasible because at present the Annan plan is not complete.

''The President has sent a letter to the Secretary General asking him to reengage in the Cyprus problem with a view at resuming talks,'' the spokesman told his daily press briefing.

Replying to questions, the spokesman said he did not think Annan has changed his views on how he sees the negotiation resuming.

''Annan's demand to determine a date for a referendum is not feasible because the plan is not complete at present. This term basically puts the cart before the horse and this term is not feasible in the sense that it is premature,'' the spokesman explained.

Annan has repeatedly said that he will not reengage in Cyprus through his mission of good offices until the two sides on the island show the political will to negotiate and conclude an agreement based on his peace proposal and put that agreement to simultaneous separate referenda.

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