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Annan: no plans at present to resume Cyprus talks
2004-12-17 09:50:48

by Themis Themistocleous

Brussels, Dec 17 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said here today that at present he has no plans to resume negotiations on Cyprus but expressed hope that there would be further developments towards a renewed effort.

Speaking at a press conference after talks with European Union leaders, he said the question of Cyprus was not raised during his stay in Brussels.

''I have been following developments here in the European Council on Cyprus with a keen interest. I hope developments will be positive so that in the future the question of Cyprus is not a problem,'' Annan told the press conference.

He said that the UN had hoped for a solution and added ''the effort failed but there is a tomorrow, I hope there will be further developments.''

Responding to questions, he said Cyprus did not come up during his stay here.

''As to whether there will be another round of talks, after the vote in April (on a UN proposed solution plan) I did indicate that the parties should reflect and determine how to move on and once this is done and they have some ideas my good offices mission could be available,'' Annan added.

''For the moment there are no plans to resume talks,'' he concluded.

Greek Cypriots voted by an overwhelming majority against the Annan plan in a referendum in April, saying it did not meet their security concerns nor did it guarantee the implementation of the proposed solution.

Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the plan.

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