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UN remains hopeful for foundation agreement on Cyprus by EU Summit
2002-11-29 12:25:02

Nicosia, Nov 29 (CNA) -- UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Cyprus Alvaro de Soto said here today that he remains hopeful that a foundation agreement between the two sides can be achieved by 12 December.

Replying to questions after a meeting with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides on whether he remains hopeful for a founding agreement by the European Union summit in mid December, he said ''yes''.|

Asked if President Clerides gave him a letter or a message to convey to Kofi Annan he said ''no letters.''

Concerning the reply of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to UN Secretary-General's letter he said ''he considered that Mr. Denktash is prepared to negotiate on the basis of the SG document.''

He added that the T/C leader ''has said it clearly and we have said it in a communique in New York two days ago.''

Annan has proposed that a foundation agreement be signed before the EU summit, to be followed by negotiations and a referendum on March 30, before the treaty of accession is signed.

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