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Cypriot President replies to Annan letter on missing persons
2003-12-22 10:52:48

Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) -- President Tassos Papadopoulos has accepted without any reservation suggestions UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has put forward with a view at making headway on the humanitarian issue of missing persons.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said President Papadopoulos has replied to Annan's letter, in which he set out his ideas relating to reviving the work of the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP) as well as implementing an agreement reached by the leaders of the two communities regarding exhumations of remains and their return to the families concerned.

''Kofi Annan has sent the same letter to the President and the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash,'' the spokesman said.

He explained that Papadopoulos has consulted with the Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons and replied to Annan's letter saying he accepts ''unreservedly'' the suggestions put forward and expresses the wish that Denktash will follow suit.

The spokesman said a copy of his letter to Annan was sent to Denktash.

''We hope that Annan's suggestions are also accepted by Denktash and that a new process will begin on the basis of his proposals which will lead to the solution of this tragic issue in a way that the rights of missing persons and their families are respected,'' the spokesman added.

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