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Early day motion on peace plan at the House of Commons
2002-11-28 16:20:12

Nicosia, Nov 28 (CNA) -- British Labour deputy Andrew Dismore tabled yesterday before the House of Commons an early day motion on ''Cyprus and UN peace plan''.

The motion said the House urges the two communities in Cyprus to negotiate positively so that final agreement can be reached by Athens Summit on 16th April 2003, when the EU Accession Treaty is due for signature.

It also believes that the Copenhagen Council meeting on 12th and 13th December, 2002, should agree to admit Cyprus without any qualification in the interests of all Cypriots, and welcomes the constructive work of the British government as guarantor power to this end.

The motion invites the House to welcome the fact that Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides with the backing of the Republic of Cyprus National Council has responded positively to UN Secretary General's Kofi Annan's plan proposed to the two Cypriot leaders as a basis for a negotiated settlement.|

It regrets that due to the illness of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash time has been lost in the necessary negotiations to reach agreement but notes that Denktash apparently has also now indicated his willingness to negotiate on the basis of the UN plan.

Kofi Annan received yesterday a letter from Denktash, who said he was prepared to negotiate on the basis of 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.

President Clerides replied within the deadline (November 18) set by the UN, saying he accepted the UN proposal as a basis for negotiations.

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