STATEMENT BY THE SPOKESMAN
10 December 2002
Letters from the Secretary-General were delivered this morning to H. E. Mr Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and H. E. Mr Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, by the Secretary-General?s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Mr Alvaro de Soto. 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 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.
In his letter, 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?, said the Secretary-General in his letter. ?It should not be missed.?