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National Council recommends talks on UN proposal
2002-11-18 11:00:09

Nicosia, Nov 18 (CNA) -- The National Council, comprising parliamentary parties, recommended today by majority vote that President Glafcos Clerides negotiates on a UN proposal with a view at finding a political settlement in Cyprus.

The announcement was made by Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou after a three-hour-long meeting of the Council, the top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem. The Council will convene again on 28 November.

The spokesman said the Council reiterated the adherence of the Greek Cypriot side to finding a peaceful solution in Cyprus, without delay, through negotiations under UN Secretary General's auspices between the two communities.

Papapetrou said the Council established that as things stand the timetable proposed by the UN is very tight and consequently the recommended dates should not be considered as binding.|

Kofi Annan has asked the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side to negotiate and reach an agreement in principle by 12 December, when the European Union summit is expected to endorse Cyprus' accession to the Union for 2004.

Today's meeting took place only a week after the UN put forward a comprehensive proposal as a basis for negotiation. The Turkish Cypriot side has yet to reply to Kofi Annan's request to say whether it accepts the proposal as a basis to negotiate an agreement

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