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UN still have no answer from Denktash, sources say he returns to Cyprus
2002-11-20 14:26:46

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Nov 20 (CNA) ? The United Nations has still not received Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's reply to the UN Secretary-General's proposal for a Cyprus settlement.

At the same time, Turkish sources said Denktash will be discharged in two to three days and will immediately return to the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus.

During Wednesday's briefing, UN spokeswoman, Hua Jiang, asked when Denktash will give his answer to the UN plan said "I have no information on that."

Asked whether the UN will give him the extension he had asked in a letter to the UN, the spokeswoman said, "the SG said in the statement issued yesterday he is very concerned. He mentioned the calendar is an important part and a parcel of the plan. So, as I said yesterday, the clock is ticking."

Hua also said she had no information as to where and when Kofi Annan's Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto would meet the UN chief.

Turkish sources said Denktash on Tuesday underwent medical examinations, which did not show any heart or lung problems. The same sources said he is expected to be discharged from hospital in two to three days and immediately return to the occupied areas.|

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.

However, the Turkish Cypriot side failed to meet Monday's deadline. Denktash is still recovering in New York since October 7 following open-heart surgery.

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