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UN Security Council to discuss Cyprus on Wednesday
2002-12-17 11:48:59

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Dec 17 (CNA) - The UN Security Council will be informed tomorrow instead of today by the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto on the latest developments on Cyprus.

The UN diplomat is expected to inform Kofi Annan today on developments in Copenhagen on Cyprus, review the situation and plan the next steps.|

Meanwhile, Russian newspaper ''Pravda'', in its Monday edition, said Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in a telephone conversation, reaffirmed the importance of continuing international efforts towards the effective and lasting settlement of the situation on Cyprus in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and the recent recommendations on this issue proposed by the UN Secretary General.

European Union leaders, in the conclusions of the Copenhagen European Council, said that as accession negotiations have been completed with Cyprus, the island would be admitted as a new EU member state.

The UN has called on the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides to negotiate a UN proposal for a comprehensive settlement and reach an agreement by the end of February. Cyprus is set to sign the EU Treaty of Accession in mid April.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

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

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