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UN plan for Cyprus settlement in place, says Solana
2002-10-24 11:38:52

Brussels, Oct 24 (CNA) ? EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana confirmed today that the UN has put together a plan for a settlement to the Cyprus problem.

Asked by CNA about prospects for a Cyprus solution before the EU proclaimed Cyprus and nine more European countries "under accession" at the Copenhagen summit in December, Solana said he had been in touch with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan "in the last days" about Cyprus.

"Mr Annan will make every effort to get a solution before December," Solana said. He noted however that this was "very difficult."

Asked if he was aware of a UN plan that had already been prepared on Cyprus, he answered: ''You want me to say... I will say Yes.''

"One must not forget that Cyprus is a candidate country. If a solution to the Cyprus problem is not achieved, then Cyprus will be named a country "under accession" to the EU at the summit in Copenhagen this December, together with the other candidate countries," he said.

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