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UN Secretary General's statement - Full text
2002-10-06 22:55:05

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Oct 5 (CNA) - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan issued a statement Friday after meeting Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, in the context of the UN-led peace talks.

The full text of the statement reads as follows:

''I have completed this afternoon two days of intensive consultations on Cyprus with His Excellency Mr. Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and His Excellency Mr. Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader.

I am happy to report that, since I met the two leaders in Paris, they have focused on the issues I highlighted and there has been an encouraging effort to explore ways of bridging differences pragmatically.

Here in New York I tried to crystallise for the two leaders a way they could push their discussions forward to further narrow their differences with the active assistance of my Special Adviser Mr. Alvaro de Soto.

As part of their effort to bridge differences pragmatically, the two leaders have decided to create two ad hoc bilateral technical committees to begin work immediately on important technical issues.

The purpose of these committees is to make recommendations on technical matters without prejudice to the positions of the two leaders on the core issues concerned.

Their work shall be ad referendum and shall focus on treaties and future ''common state''* laws. The UN will assist the parties in this work.

There is no simple solution to the Cyprus problem. For this reason, a comprehensive s e t t l e m e n t has to be a complex, integrated, legally binding and self-executing agreement, where the rights and obligations of all concerned are clear, unambiguous and not subject to further negotiation. I hope the work of the committees will help the leaders towards this end.

The opportunity that is at hand must be seized. In this regard, Greece and Turkey have an important role to play and I look forward to their continued support.

As is well known, Mr. Denktash will undergo surgery soon and he is not likely to be available for a few weeks, but work will continue in October and I have asked the leaders to clear their diaries during November, when I am looking forward to seeing them again.

* ''common state'' is a provisional term

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