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UN may submit revised proposal, says Kasoulides
2002-12-07 14:00:55

Nicosia, Dec 7 (CNA) -- The UN is very likely to present the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides with a revised proposal on a political settlement before next week's European Union summit, which begins Thursday, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said here today.

The minister also said that the EU will take its final decision on Cyprus' accession at the Copenhagen summit, pointing out that Greece will not accept Cyprus' accession subject to preconditions.|

Speaking after a meeting with US State Department special coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston, Kasoulides said he discussed intense current efforts with regard to a Cyprus solution, the start of accession negotiations between Turkey and the EU and other related issues.

Referring to this morning's lengthy meeting between President Glafcos Clerides and UN Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, he said the President embarked with the members of the negotiating team on a cycle of proximity contacts.

''The purpose of the meeting was to analyse and discuss the observations we submitted on the proposal UN Secretary General Kofi Annan handed the two sides on November 11,'' he said.

Asked if the UN will submit a revised proposal, Kasoulides replied ''I believe there is a chance they will, before the Copenhagen summit and I believe any such plan will not be a take it or leave it document.''

''The end product, which will emerge and will be the solution of the Cyprus question, should be the result of free negotiations between the two sides and not the outcome of arbitration or imposition,'' Kasoulides said.

Replying to questions, he said the final decision on Cyprus' accession will be taken in Copenhagen and added that his understanding is that EU membership shall not be subject to preconditions.

''I can assure you that Greece will not accept our accession with preconditions attached to it,'' he said, but acknowledged that the Copenhagen conclusions may express a political position, a wish or a recommendation that peace negotiations for a political settlement in Cyprus be continued.

The minister reiterated the political will of the Greek Cypriot side to continue after Copenhagen the effort for a solution on the basis of the Annan proposal.

CNA EL/MM/2002
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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