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UN still has no answer from Denktash
2002-11-21 14:28:02

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis United Nations, Nov 21 (CNA) ? The UN has still received no reply from Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to the plan submitted by the UN Secretary-General for a Cyprus solution.

UN spokesman Stephan Dujarric acknowledged they received a letter from Denktash but said he had no information "on what answer was given" to him adding that "the SG's statement a day before yesterday speaks for itself."

Invited to comment on statements Denktash had made Wednesday to a Turkish Cypriot radio station that he is answer will be negative, the Spokesman said the UN have "not received any answer from the Turkish Cypriot side," adding he did not know if the Secretary General was planning to visit Cyprus next week.|

In a statement issued by his spokesman Annan said he was worried by the delay in the start of the talks on his blueprint for a Cyprus settlement, due to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's illness.

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.

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