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Straw says now is best chance to solve Cyprus problem
2002-11-11 15:28:15

By Kyriacos Tsioupras London, Nov 11 (CNA) -- British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, said "now is the best chance for solving the Cyprus problem in decades" and pledged his country will be working with all those involved for a positive outcome.

In a statement, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the British government has received here Monday "a copy of the UN Secretary- General's proposals for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem" and would study them carefully.

"The British government believes that there is now the best chance to solve the Cyprus problem in decades, and that this opportunity is not likely to recur in the foreseeable future", Straw was quoted as saying.

He said the government "will be working with all those concerned for a positive outcome".

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the government "will study these proposals carefully, particularly in so as far as they affect our responsibilities under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, and will be responding to Kofi Annan in due course".

The government, the statement added, "warmly welcomes the UN Secretary- General's decision to table his proposals for bridging the remaining gaps after the months of negotiations between the two sides".

"We believe this is a timely initiative which we will be giving our full support", the Foreign Office added.|

The UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor, Alvaro de Soto, delivered the proposals here Monday to Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides while UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs, Sir Kieran Prendergast, simultaneously handed the plan to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's advisor, Ergun Olgun in New York.

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