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Eckhard: Annan close to a decision on plan, consults leaders
2002-11-08 15:04:15

United Nations, Nov 8 (CNA) ? UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is close to a decision whether he will submit a solution plan on Cyprus, his Spokesman, Fred Eckhard said here Friday.

He also confirmed that Annan has called various leaders yesterday and today to make up his mind but avoided revealing details.

Eckhard said, during his daily press briefing, that Annan met Thursday his Special Advisor, Alvaro de Soto and that "he may talk to him again today".

"I think he is very close to a decision, but as of this morning, that final decision still had not been made", Eckhard added.

The spokesman was not in a position to say when De Soto will be returning to Cyprus.

Eckhard replied positively to a question whether the Secretary-General had made phone calls to various leaders to make up his mind to submit the plan or not, just like he did with the Iraqi issue.

"I don't want to give you details. He made phone calls on Cyprus yesterday and this morning. Iraq is not the only thing on his agenda either", Eckhard added.|

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