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UN chief sends letter to Clerides and Denktash
2002-12-10 09:23:32

Nicosia, Dec 10 (CNA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan conveyed today to the two communities in Cyprus a revision of his proposed Basis for Agreement on a Comprehensive Settlement of the Cyprus Problem.

In a letter to President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash the Secretary-General "asks the two leaders to give the revision the most urgent consideration with a view to reaching a decisive conclusion this week, so that a reunited Cyprus may accede to the European Union. The Secretary-General has asked the two sides to be available in Copenhagen later this week should that prove necessary".

"Cyprus has a rendez-vous with history. It should not be missed", the Secretary-General says in his letter.

A UN press release issued in Nicosia says the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto delivered this morning letters from the Secretary-General ''to H. E. Mr Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and H. E. Mr Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader''.

''With these letters he conveyed a revision of his proposed Basis for Agreement on a Comprehensive Settlement of the Cyprus Problem, which had been conveyed to the two sides on 11 November 2002'', the prese release says.

It adds that ''the document was revised following intensive consultations with the two sides participating in the negotiation. These consultations were stepped up in the past few days following receipt last week of the two sides' comments, suggestions and requests, with Mr de Soto and his colleagues shuttling between the two leaders and their colleagues with a view to improving the text''.|

CNA GP/2002
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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