De Soto hopes T/C will come soon with their reaction
Larnaca, Nov 21 (CNA) ? UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus,
Alvaro de Soto, said he hoped the Turkish Cypriot side would come very soon
to the UN Chief with its reactions to the plan submitted earlier this month.
In brief statements before departing for The Hague where he will meet Kofi Annan tomorrow for consultations on the Cyprus peace process, de Soto also expressed hope there will be a settlement before the Copenhagen European Council on December 12, which will decide about the EU enlargement.
Asked what would happen if things do not progress as planned, de Soto said, "I can't predict the future but I hope there will be a settlement before that (December 12)."|
To a remark that the Turkish Cypriot side has not yet given its reply to the Annan plan, de Soto said "we believe that time is of the essence and they will come to us with their reactions to the SG's plan very soon."
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.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.
It is expected to be invited by the Copenhagen EU Summit, along with other nine candidate countries, to join the EU.