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Markides calls for unity in view of developments
2002-12-06 14:48:37

Nicosia, Dec 6 (CNA) - Cyprus' Attorney General Alecos Markides pointed out today the need for ''patience and unity'' in view of the coming developments in the Cyprus problem, given the fact that only a few days are left until the Copenhagen European Council.

Markides was speaking to the press after the handover by the UN of the Turkish Cypriot side's reply to a letter sent to the two sides by the UN chief last week requesting the points they wished changed in a Cyprus solution plan submitted by Kofi Annan on November 11.

Asked whether the peace process was entering a proximity talks procedure, Markides said that one could assume so from statements made by the UN chief's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, noting that ''the conclusion of these talks has not been predetermined''.|

''We must have the necessary patience to see what is going to happen, we are talking about a period of four days, which starts tomorrow morning'', Markides said.

The Attorney General noted that the Greek Cypriot side was ''willing to negotiate and we repeatedly proved that'', adding that ''if time runs out, that is not our fault''.

''Consequently, our position is clear, if the negotiations are not concluded by Copenhagen, they should continue after Copenhagen''.

Cyprus, which opened accession negotiations with the EU in 1998 and has closed all acquis chapters, has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.


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