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France calls on both parties in Cyprus to redouble efforts
2002-11-13 10:39:19

Nicosia, Nov 12 (CNA) -- France has called on the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides to intensify their efforts with a view at reaching a settlement of the protracted Cyprus question, consistent with UN resolutions.

France expressed unreserved support for the UN Secretary General's efforts on Cyprus and said a political settlement would serve the interests of the island and regional stability and security.

''We support without reservation the efforts of the Secretary General who is seeking a comprehensive, just and viable settlement of the question of Cyprus, consistent with the relevant UN resolutions,'' a French Foreign Ministry statement said.|

Today, the statement added, ''it seems to us necessary to call on the parties to redouble their efforts in order to reach a settlement in the best timeframe.''

This will be in the interest of the people of the whole island as well as the interest of stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The statement notes that the Secretary General handed the Turkish Cypriot and the Greek Cypriot communities a plan, which was also communicated to the three guarantor powers, Turkey, Greece and Britain (as defined in the 1960 Constitution that established the Republic of Cyprus).

''This plan was not disclosed to the members of the Security Council in its entirety, who received a summary of the plan,'' it said, adding that it is under consideration.

On Monday, Kofi Annan gave the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides a 137-page long proposal as a basis for negotiations for a comprehensive settlement.

The two sides have until Monday, 18 November, to inform him whether they accept the proposal to carry their negotiations forward.

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