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UN envoy to be principle go-between to encourage dialogue
2002-12-06 14:51:28

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis United Nations, Dec 6 (CNA) -- The UN Secretary General's Spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said today that ''now that the comments from the two sides are in'', the UN Chief's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto ''will be the principle go-between, encouraging the two sides to continue a dialogue''.

He added that ''the effort will be to take the two sets of comments and incorporate them into the Secretary General's original proposal and to try to come up with a single text that both sides can agree to by the 12th of December'', when the Copenhagen European Council is due to begin.|

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan presented the two sides on the island with a solution plan on November 11, and on November 25 asked for them to convey to him the points they would like to see changed.

The island opened accession negotiations with the EU in 1998 and has closed all acquis communautaire chapters. It expects to be invited to join the EU during the Copenhagen summit.


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