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Greek Cypriot side hands letter to UN
2002-12-05 15:41:19

Nicosia, Dec 5 (CNA) - Undersecretary to the President Pantelis Kouros tonight handed to the UN the reply of the Greek Cypriot side to a letter sent by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan last week requesting the points it wished changed in a Cyprus solution plan submitted by the UN chief on November 11.

Kouros presented the letter tonight to a representative of the UN chief's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, at the Presidential Palace.

UNFICYP spokesman Brian Kelly told CNA the UN was studying the replies of both sides. ''We have them and we are studying them,'' he said.

Speaking to the press after the handover of the reply, Kouros expressed the belief that the UN would study the replies and then send to each side the reply of the other side.|

Answering a question regarding the content of the Greek Cypriot side's reply, Kouros said he did not want to reveal anything but noted that the document handed to the UN was the one prepared by Attorney General Alecos Markides after discussions held by the National Council (top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus question). He also said that a letter is attached to the document.

The Undersecretary to the President also said that before handing over the document, he had spoken thrice on the phone with de Soto and asked him to assure him in writing that the UN had received earlier today in New York the reply of the Turkish Cypriot side, something that the UN diplomat did with a letter he sent to Kouros.

This morning, the Greek Cypriot side withdrew its reply it had delivered at midnight to the United Nations.

The incident took place after it was revealed that the Turkish side had failed to hand over its reply simultaneously, as had been arranged.

On November 25, Kofi Annan sent a letter to both sides, requesting that they notify him about which points of his solution plan, handed to them on November 11, they would like to see changed.

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


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