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Kasoulides: Plan possibly submitted after Turkish elections
2002-11-01 09:38:06

Larnaca, Nov 1 (CNA) ? Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said chances are that the UN Secretary General will submit a draft plan for a Cyprus settlement after the Turkish elections this weekend.

Speaking on his return yesterday evening from a working visit to Paris, Kasoulides said reports indicate the plan contains some elements which are acceptable, some other which are tolerable and other which are unacceptable.

Asked whether the UN Secretary-General will submit a draft plan for a Cyprus settlement, Kasoulides said chances that Kofi Annan will do so "are greater than not submitting'' a plan.

He said there is a big possibility that the plan will be submitted before the Copenhagen European Council, but stressed that this will depend on various factors, including the state of health of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, who is recuperating from open-heart surgery in New York, and this weekend's elections in Turkey.

However, he said that Kofi Annan "has not yet decided because he will decide only after the Turkish elections".|

The Foreign Minister said that reports, which the Greek Cypriot side has gathered, show that some of the elements in the proposal for a settlement are acceptable but other are not.

"Some of the elements which the Cyprus Republic is gathering are acceptable, other are bearable and there are some, which at this moment we are trying to make clear to the UN representatives that they should not have been included because they will not become acceptable on our part", the minister explained.

UN-led direct talks between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Denktash, which began in January, are currently in suspension due to Denktash's illness. The talks are focusing on four core issues, governance, security, territory and property. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of the island's territory.

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