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Denktash prepared to negotiate on Annan plan, UN says
2002-11-27 15:35:51

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis United Nations, Nov 27 (CNA) - Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is prepared to negotiate on the basis of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's proposal for a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem.

Denktash's delayed response was originally expected on November 18 after Kofi Annan, on November 11, had given the two sides in Cyprus seven days to say whether they accept the plan as a basis for negotiation.|

Annan's Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said that the Secretary General received this morning from Denktash a reply to his earlier letter of November 11.

He said ''the letter has been studied but it does confirm that Mr. Denktash is prepared to negotiate on the basis of the proposals, attached to the Secretary General's letter of November 11''.

Dujarric also confirmed that the Secretary General yesterday sent letters to Clerides and Denktash.

''He asked each leader to make known to his Special Adviser, Mr. (Alvaro) de Soto, by Saturday, 30 November 2002, their comments, suggestions or requests on his suggested basis for agreement on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, so as to enable the process to move forward'', he added.

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