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Annan urges Cypriots to accept ''fair plan''
2004-04-01 16:14:52

Burgenstock, Apr 1 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called on the people of Cyprus to accept a plan for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus which he described as ''the best and fairest chance of peace, prosperity and stability that is ever likely to be on offer'' and a plan that is ''fair and designed to work.''

''The plan inevitably is a compromise,'' he said and warned that the choice before the leaders and the people is between this settlement and no settlement.

Addressing the representatives of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides, Greece and Turkey, Annan said that ''noone says that reunification would be easy'' and pointed out that at the end of the day it did not matter what he personally thought but what the people would decide.

''I am certain that my settlement plan offers the best and fairest chance of peace, prosperity and stability that is ever likely to be on offer,'' he said.

''There have been too many missed opportunities in the past, for the sake of all of you I urge you not to make the same mistake again,'' Annan said.

Annan presented the plan after a week long of talks between the two sides in Cyprus in the presence of Greece and Turkey.

The plan would be put to a referendum on 24 April in both communities in Cyprus.

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