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UN hope for replies by tomorrow on changes to solution plan
2002-12-04 09:49:50

Nicosia, Dec 4 (CNA) -- The UN hope that they will receive replies by tomorrow at the latest from the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides, to a letter sent by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan last week requesting the points they wished changed in a Cyprus solution plan submitted by the UN chief on November 11.

Speaking after a meeting with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto said his course of action thereafter would depend on the content of the replies.

The Peruvian diplomat said that although he was ''tired'', he still had ''the necessary energy to do what I can to help the two sides to come to terms as soon as possible''.

He expressed hope he would soon have the replies of the two sides and, asked to define ''soon'', de Soto said ''I would say today or tomorrow at the latest''.

Invited to say what his course of action would be after receiving the replies, de Soto said ''that will depend on long and how deep they will be''.|

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.


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