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De Soto delivers blueprint to Clerides
2002-11-11 12:26:03

Nicosia, Nov 11 (CNA) -- The conclusions of the UN Secretary-General from his deliberations on the next steps in negotiations on the Cyprus problem, were delivered to Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, Koffi Anan's Special Advisor, Alvaro de Soto, said after meeting Clerides here this evening.

De Soto told reporters after his long-awaited meeting with Clerides at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia that the President, as well as Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, who was given exactly the same thing in New York, have enough pressure on them.

The UN diplomat urged reporters not to talk about deadlines regarding a reply from Clerides and Denktash.

De Soto said he "delivered to Mr. Clerides the conclusions of the Secretary- General's deliberations on the next steps in the negotiations on the Cyprus problem", adding that "in a few hours there will be a formal statement that will be delivered in New York and here (Cyprus)".

The UN diplomat advised journalists to be "patient while waiting for that".

To a question if it is a plan, De Soto avoided answering, saying he would "wait until the statement has been issued", only to repeat that he has "delivered to him (Clerides) the conclusions of the Secretary-General's deliberations".

When asked if he gave the President a letter, De Soto said "a letter and a few other things" but did not elaborate.

He replied positively when asked if he expects a reply from President Clerides, and to a question when, he said, "we will talk about that later".

"Exactly the same" document was delivered to Denktash, said De Soto, "through his chief aide, Ergun Olgun, by Sir Kieran Prendergast, the Undersecretary General for Political Affairs "at exactly the same time at UN headquarters".

He said the same thing was expected from Denktash and when asked when will the Turkish Cypriot give his reply, De Soto said "I don't want to put more pressure on them than there already is".

To a question what is the deadline, De Soto replied, "let us not talk about deadlines".|

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