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Vassiliou says UN peace plan to be submitted after November 3
2002-10-09 17:50:21

By Maria Koniotou -- Brussels, Oct 9 (CNA) - Cyprus' Chief Negotiator for EU accession George Vassiliou met today in Brussels with US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston, who told him that the United Nations would be submitting a comprehensive settlement plan after the November 3 elections in Turkey.

Vassiliou said the UN were processing various aspects of a plan to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. He said the aim was for the two sides to accept this plan before the Copenhagen European Council in December.|

Asked if the Americans may exert pressure in order to obtain a date for the commencement of EU accession talks with Turkey in return for the acceptance of a UN peace plan, Vassiliou said ''Washington is not concealing this''.

He said Weston had told him that the UN Secretary General was directly involved in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem and his interest was ''not just a formality, but a profound one''.

Vassiliou added that this time Turkey is well aware of the fact that if it rejects the plan it will be dismissing its European prospects.

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