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UN continues to work for Cyprus agreement, says UN envoy
2002-12-12 15:57:22

by Maria Myles -- Copenhagen, Dec 12 (CNA) -- The UN continues to work for a comprehensive agreement on Cyprus, which is what the Secretary General has asked the two parties in Cyprus to do, UN Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto told CNA today.

''What we want the two parties to sign is what the Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked them to sign, that is a comprehensive settlement,'' de Soto said, when asked to clarify earlier statements to the press that indicated that a declaration by the two parties, instead of an agreement, might not be ruled out.

Replying to other questions, de Soto said he continues his consultations with various parties and is expecting to meet later today with Tahsin Ertugruloglu, representing Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. Ertugruloglu arrives here in early afternoon.|

Speaking to the press earlier here, de Soto said he expects to ''shuttle until the last moment, whenever that is.''

Asked what hopes he has that the two sides will sign what the Secretary General has asked them to, he said ''I hope so.''

Asked if that means that they are not going to agree to something less than the agreement but perhaps to a declaration, he replied ''that is the goal.''

He also said that who signs the agreement depends on the parties and noted that he is not planning to meet Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the AKP party in Turkey, winner of the recent elections.

Asked if the Secretary General intends to come here, he said ''there is no plan for the Secretary General to come.''

De Soto is not planning to return to Cyprus after the conclusion of the EU Copenhagen summit but instead he will fly to New York where he is expected to brief the Secretary General and the Security Council on the state of play in the peace effort.


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