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UN envoy: It's up to the parties to decide on revised text
2002-12-10 11:35:41

Nicosia, Dec 10 (CNA) -- UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, said it was up to the two parties on the island to decide what to do with the revised text the UN Secretary General submitted today.

He said there is still time for negotiations to take place for a Cyprus settlement before the Copenhagen European Union summit.

He told the press after a second meeting Tuesday with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, that he still did not have the reaction of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash but he was expecting to get that soon.

Asked if there will be negotiations in Copenhagen, de Soto said he did not know yet because he had not spoken to the other side, adding that Denktash is unwell but he would be seeing his advisor, Ergun Olgun.|

To a question if the revised plan was for negotiation or acceptance as it is, de Soto said, "that depends on the parties. They will decide what to do with it".

The UN envoy said he hoped to hear from Olgun, "if they are in a position to do that", the reaction of the Turkish Cypriot side to the revised text.

Asked if there will be a request for negotiations in Copenhagen between Clerides and Denktash, de Soto replied "if necessary, we will see over the next few hours. There is time".

He said Denktash was not well and "it might not be possible for him" to travel to Copenhagen.

De Soto did not want to refer to the contents of his meeting with President Clerides.

When asked if he will travel to Copenhagen, he replied "it is possible" and to a question if the UN Chief will travel to the Danish capital, de Soto remarked "all is possible".

To a question if there is no solution by the EU summit (12-13 December) what happens then, he said "let's not even think about that".

CNA/RG/EC/GP/2002
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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