UN plan aims at signing of agreement in Copenhagen
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
United Nations, Nov 12 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish
Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash are set to sign a founding initial agreement in
December, if both leaders agree that a UN proposal on a political settlement
is a basis for further negotiation.
Clerides and Denktash have until 18 November to give Kofi Annan their assessment of the 137-page document his envoys handed to them on Monday.
Diplomatic sources at the UN seat in New York have told CNA that Annan, the US and Europeans wish to see this agreement signed on 12 December, on the sidelines of the European Union summit in Copenhagen.
The same sources also said that the objective is to get an agreement signed by December 12 on a number of provisions of the UN proposal and leave the remaining points for future negotiation, which should be concluded by the end of February next year.
This would enable referendums to take place in Cyprus and have Cyprus' treaty of accession to the European Union signed in April.|
UN Security Council members were briefed Monday night during informal consultations. The convening of the Council meeting was a closely guarded secret among the Secretary General, his special adviser Alvaro de Soto, the US and Britain.
Council members were given a nine-page executive summary of the proposal.
About ten representatives of the 15-member Council took the floor to air their views during the deliberations. Three of the permanent members, France, Russia and China, and some non permanent members said a statement by the Council president should note that a political settlement in Cyprus must be based on Security Council resolutions.
At the end of the day, it was agreed to issue a brief and general statement by the current Council president, China's permanent representative Wang Yingfan, which said ''at today's informal consultations, the Secretary General informed the members of the Security Council that he had put forward proposals as a basis for agreement on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.''
''Members of the Council welcomed that decision and reaffirmed their full support for the continuation of the Secretary General's mission of good offices,'' the statement added.