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UN has not yet received reply from Denktash
2002-11-19 14:51:29

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Nov 19 (CNA) ? The UN has not yet received a response from Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash on the UN Secretary-General's plan for a Cyprus settlement, said here Tuesday UN spokesperson, Hua Jiang.

Kofi Annan is still waiting for a response from Denktash and "he still feels that both sides can come together and use his proposal as a basis for further comprehensive settlement," Hua said.

Asked how long the UN would be ready to wait for an answer from Denktash, the UN spokesperson referred to the statements made Monday by UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor, Alvaro de Soto who said "we do not want to put unfair pressure on the two sides, but the clock is ticking and we trust that a solution to the problem will be found."

''We haven't got any indication on the exact date, when their response will be expected," said Hua, adding that "the Secretary General says he is still waiting for a response from Mr. Denktash and he still feels that both sides can come together and use his proposal as a basis for further comprehensive settlement.'' |

The UN spokesperson said that November 18 was "not a deadline, but one has to realize that the calendar is essential and integral part of the proposal."

"If the proposal is accepted as basis for negotiations then you have to have a firm commitment from both sides to try to reach a settlement before the date of the Summit in Copenhagen of December 12, " the UN official added.

Rauf Denktash's doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz was scheduled to return to New York from Chicago Tuesday evening. Although the Turkish Cypriot leader was expected to undergo new medical exams today, he was not going to be discharged before being examined by Dr. Oz on Wednesday.

According to diplomatic sources, based on discussions de Soto and his advisors had last week with Denktash's advisor, Ergun Olgun, the Turkish Cypriot side had promised to give its preliminary reactions to the plan, this coming Wednesday or Thursday.

After the statements made by Olgun that Denktash is not ready to answer, UN officials along with British and US envoys, are discussing their next move.

The Greek Cypriot side replied Monday to the UN within the requested time framework of seven days from the day the UN proposal was presented on November 11.

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