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Cypriot President says Annan will reply in time
2003-12-23 11:39:11

Nicosia, Dec 23 (CNA) - Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has said he hopes to see the UN-led peace talks resume in the new year, adding that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will reply to his letter at the appropriate time.

''I did not expect a reply to my letter from the Secretary General that soon. I believe he will reply, after consultations he may wish to have, whenever he considers appropriate,'' the President said, with regard to a letter he sent last week to Kofi Annan urging him to reengage in the Cyprus peace process.

The President was speaking to the press during a visit to National Guard observation posts along the ceasefire line, in Nicosia, which divides the island into the northern Turkish occupied areas and the southern government controlled part of the country.

''The conditions are ripe now for everybody to understand that dividing walls are incompatible with the spirit that prevails today throughout Europe,'' he said.

Replying to questions, Papadopoulos said he still holds the view that the people of Cyprus cannot be asked to vote in a referendum without being informed about what they are voting for.

Annan has said that he wants the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot leadership to show the political will that they will return to peace negotiations to conclude an agreement, which they will subsequently put to a referendum.

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