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Government expects solution plan
2002-11-06 08:12:25

Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) -- The government believes it is possible that the UN will put forward a plan for a solution in Cyprus within the next few days or weeks, spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said here today.

''All indications are that we should expect a plan for a solution but we do not know when that will happen. Cyprus and Greece have launched a campaign to try and influence things in our favour,'' the spokesman said.

Asked if there is any information about the contents of such a plan, he said anyone involved in the Cyprus question can make assumptions as to what the difficult points might be.|

''This is why President Clerides and the Greek premier decided at their recent meeting in Athens to embark on a campaign to promote our positions,'' he said.

The government spokesman said in this context President Clerides has sent a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan saying that Cyprus is not prepared to accept any type of a solution for the sake of EU accession.

Invited to comment statements by Tayip Erdogan, whose party won Sunday's elections in Turkey, the spokesman said no early conclusions should be drawn before one has a full understanding of what Ertogan actually means when he advocates a Cyprus settlement on the basis of the Belgian system of governance.

''If indeed he means a solution based on the arrangements provided in the Belgian constitution, then this is surely a substantive shift in the Turkish positions,'' Papapetrou noted.

He explained that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has maintained at the peace negotiations that the Belgian model could be applied only with regard to Cyprus' representation to the EU.

UN-led peace talks between Clerides and Denktash are currently in suspension because Denktash is recovering from open heart surgery.

However, Annan's special adviser Alvaro de Soto has been having consultations in Athens and Ankara and is now in New York to discuss future moves with the UN chief.

Annan himself said he has still not decided what to do next on the matter.

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