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Kasoulides says Denktash not to reply to Annan today
2002-12-04 14:41:26

Nicosia, Dec 4 (CNA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides said tonight that, according to Ministry sources, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash would not be handing his reply today to a letter sent by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan last week requesting the points he wished changed in a Cyprus solution plan submitted by the UN chief on November 11.

Speaking after a meeting with President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides, the Minister said the Greek Cypriot side's response was ready and would be given simultaneously with the Turkish Cypriot side's reply.

Asked if the health of Denktash would delay the handing of the Turkish Cypriot side's reply, Kasoulides said he did not know and that it was up to that side to decide.

''We have said that it would be right for negotiating purposes'' that both replies be given ''simultaneously'', the Minister added.

He said that ''sources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs'' indicate that ''Denktash's proposals will not be given today''.

Referring to the European Council, to convene next week in Copenhagen, Kasoulides said it was ''almost impossible'' to reach an agreement by then.|

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


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