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UN Chief calls on leaders in Cyprus to consider document
2002-11-11 18:22:54

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Nov 11 (CNA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to take some time to consider the document, which his representatives submitted earlier Monday for a Cyprus settlement.

At the same time, the UN chief asked the leaders not to take a formal public position on what he has submitted to them. He hopes that "they will exercise the necessary discretion in this regard", the statement by the Secretary- General concluded.

The Secretary-General's Spokesman Fred Eckhard said after a meeting of the Security Council that Annan hoped this initiative will help the parties focus on the decisions that they should take in the next few weeks to seize the opportunity at hand and bring about a settlement.

He said Annan believes the document provides a basis for agreement on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, adding that copies have been conveyed to Greece, Turkey and the UK in their capacity as guarantor powers under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee.|

The full text of the statement by the Secretary-General's Spokesman follows:

"The Secretary-General conveyed today to Mr. Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and Mr. Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, a document providing a basis for agreement on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

Copies of the document have also been conveyed to Greece, Turkey and the UK in their capacity as guarantor powers under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee.

The Secretary-General hopes that this initiative will help the parties focus on the decisions that they should take in the next few weeks in order to seize the opportunity at hand and bring about a settlement.

He has asked the leaders not to take a formal public position on what he has submitted to them but instead to take some time to consider them. He hopes that they will exercise the necessary discretion in this regard", the statement by the Secretary-General concluded.

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