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Eckhard confirms Annan not to travel to Copenhagen
2002-12-12 16:07:55

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Dec 12 (CNA) -- UN Spokesman Fred Eckhard confirmed here Thursday that Kofi Annan "does not plan to go to Copenhagen", verifying earlier reports of the slim chances of securing a Cyprus settlement on the sidelines of the European Council which will decide Cyprus' accession to the EU.

Eckhard told reporters during the daily briefing "the document that is on the table is really nothing more than a framework agreement for negotiations" and that it is "not a final settlement".

The hope, he said, "is that they would agree on this framework in order to begin serious and intensive negotiations towards a final agreement. That's what all of us were hoping to get, before the beginning of the summit that started today and in the worse case scenario, by the end of the summit in Copenhagen", he said.|

That is why Alvaro de Soto, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, "is so energetically pursuing his mediation - his good offices rather ? with the two parties in Copenhagen, as we speak", the Spokesman said.

"Should that fail", he added, "we are always prepared to continue seeking agreements, first on the framework and hopefully leading eventually to a final agreement".


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