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Kofi Annan to consult with top envoy on Cyprus
2002-11-21 14:16:08

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis United Nations, Nov 21 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and his special adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto meet tomorrow in The Hague for consultations on the Cyprus peace process.

Diplomatic sources believe that Annan will seek to secure the backing of the US, Britain and the European Union to exert pressure on Turkey with regard to starting negotiations on a proposal he has submitted to the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides as a basis for a comprehensive settlement.|

According to the same sources the Secretary General will also look into the possibility of inviting President Glafcos Clerides to New York for a new round of either direct talks or proximity talks.

Clerides notified the Secretary General within the specified deadline that he is willing to negotiate on the basis of his proposal. Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is in New York, recovering from complications following open heart surgery, has not yet replied. He might however give his answer sometime soon.

Doctors treating Denktash have asked him to stay in New York and be available for additional medical tests. He is rather weak but seems to have got over the problem that sent him back to hospital after the operation.

The Security Council will hold informal consultations on Friday on the renewal of the mandate of the UN peace keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and may very well be briefed on developments in the peace process.

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