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President Clerides says UN may present Cyprus settlement plan
2002-09-06 15:31:43

By Maria Myles -- Paris, Sep 6 (CNA) - Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides said here today that the UN might put forward a comprehensive solution plan to facilitate the Cyprus peace process, if there is no progress by the beginning of October, when both he and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash will have to report back to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on their peace effort.

Speaking after a lunch Annan hosted for him and Denktash, in the context of the ongoing peace effort, the President also said that the UN chief had asked them both to continue their effort to find a negotiated settlement.

"During a private meeting I had with the Secretary General we discussed what the sticking points were, we explained our positions on those points and the reasons for those positions," the President told the press after the two-hour- long lunch.

The Secretary General, he said, suggested that "we return to Cyprus, continue with the talks, and that he would want to see us in New York on October 3 and 4 to see what progress has been made, if any, up until then".

Asked whether the UN might present a solution plan, if by October there is no progress, President Clerides said this had not been decided but it was not excluded either.

The President leaves Paris tomorrow for Cyprus.

President Clerides and Denktash have been engaged in UN-led direct talks since mid January this year with a view to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

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