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Clerides: Annan will decide this week on solution plan
2002-11-07 11:34:06

Nicosia, Nov 7 (CNA) ? Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides said here Thursday UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will decide this week whether he will submit a solution plan to the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides.

"The reports we have indicate that this week, Annan will decide whether he will submit a plan or not", President Clerides told reporters.

Asked whether the solution plan will be handed to him by Secretary- General's Special Advisor, Alvaro de Soto, Clerides said he had no information on that.

Invited to say whether preventive government moves to avert any unpleasant elements in such a plan has yielded any results, the President replied "I have nothing to say on this issue".

The President declined to comment on statements on Cyprus by the winner of Sunday's elections in Turkey, leader of the Justice and Development Party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the fact that Erdogan's frist visit abroad will be to the northern Turkish occupied part of the Republic to "celebrate" the illegal declaration of independence of the self-styled Turkish Cypriot regime.

"It is too early to assess what the Turkish government policy on Cyprus will be", the President pointed out.|

The UN has been conducting peace talks on Cyprus since January with a view to find a comprehensive settlement.

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