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FM: UN blueprint addresses certain concerns of both sides
2002-12-02 09:17:42

Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) -- The blueprint submitted by the UN Secretary General for a solution to the Cyprus problem addresses certain concerns of both sides, but at the same time it creates new concerns at least for the Greek Cypriot side, Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has stated on his return from Stockholm, were he held talks with Swedish officials.

Kasoulides said that through the amendments that need to be reached in the blueprint, the solution must take into consideration the concerns of the public opinion, as for example restrictions in the various freedoms.|

The Cypriot minister said that the solution must not only be balanced in order to be functional but the individuals who will implement it must share the feeling of justice.

As to the deadlines set out by Kofi Annan, Kasoulides said that time remaining is becoming so tight and the ''the most right way to handle it is to remain firm to the policy we have charted.''

''If we can have an outcome to the negotiations, that have not yet started, prior to December 12, fare enough, but I believe that the time remaining has become very tight and it is extremely difficult to have an outcome before the Copenhagen EU Summit, but we will remain firm to our policy,'' he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.


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