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De Soto to brief Tuesday UN Security Council on Cyprus
2002-12-14 17:47:08

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Dec 14 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General's Special Advisor on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto will brief Tuesday UN Security Council on recent developments regarding efforts to reunite Cyprus.

A UN spokesman said the Cyprus problem would be the second issue on the 15-member body's agenda to be discussed during informal consultations. According to the spokesman, Alvaro de Soto was scheduled to arrive in New York today (Saturday).| Diplomatic sources said that de Soto will discuss Monday with Secretary General Kofi Annan next UN moves on Cyprus, in view of the Security Council session. The Council's discussion on Cyprus follows a failure to achieve a settlement on the sidelines of the EU summit in Copenhagen because of the Turkish side's negative stance. Although the Secretary General stated yesterday that he had not yet decided as to whether he will suggest the Security Council to adopt in a resolution his Cyprus peace plan, including a timeframe he set for reaching a settlement, diplomatic sources said at this point the Security Council might decide for the issue of a statement by its President. According to the same sources the President's statement is expected to express the body's support to the UN Secretary General's efforts and call upon the two parties in Cyprus to carry on the negotiations with an aim to reach a compehensive solution by February 28, 2003. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory. CNA/AZ/AAR/GP/2002 ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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