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UN has no objection to dealing with a Denktash representative
2002-12-10 16:06:07

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Dec 10 (CNA) ? UN Secretary General's Spokesman Fred Eckhard said the Secretary General has no objection to dealing with anyone that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and his delegation might designate to negotiate on his (Denktash's) behalf, noting this was not necessarily an obstacle.

Replying to questions during his daily briefing on the details of Kofi Annan's revised plan on Cyprus submitted today, in the light of Denktash's reaction that it was an old plan, Eckhard said he was not going to comment on any statements by either of the parties, nor on the substance of what is going on.

"There will not be any summary, any executive summary of the revised plan submitted to the Security Council, therefore all the discussions taking place now are strictly confidential and I have no information on how many changes or how extensive the changes in the revised document have been made", Eckhard said.

Asked if a representative of Denktash could sign the agreement, Eckhard said, "anyone who is delegated by the Turkish Cypriot side can sign as far as we are concerned".

The UN Spokesman reminded, "the clock is ticking" and urged journalists to "be patient and watch to see whether (UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus) Mr (Alvaro) de Soto can breach the gap between them".|

Asked if the revised plan was given to the UN Security Council, Eckhard said his understanding is that it will not be given.

To a question whether the operation that Denktash is expected to undergo on Wednesday in Ankara will affect the negotiations on the Annan plan and the timetable of December 12, Eckhard said, "we will have to see".

He explained, "from the Secretary General's point of view he has no objection to dealing with anyone that Mr. Denktash and his delegation might designate to negotiate on his behalf. So from our point of view that is not necessarily an obstacle".


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