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No hint by Annan on his next Cyprus move
2002-12-17 15:34:33

by Apostolos Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Dec 17 (CNA) - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said today he expects the two sides in Cyprus to continue talks to reach a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem, based on his proposals.

However, he told CNA he could not indicate at this stage what his next move would be.|

Invited by CNA on entering UN headquarters to say whether he has any commitment from the parties in Cyprus that they will continue talks and whether he has already planned his next move, Annan replied: ''I invited them to continue the talks and I expect them to continue. But I cannot indicate at this stage what my next move will be''.

The UN Security Council will be informed tomorrow on the latest developments on Cyprus.

At the end of the session, the President of the Security Council, Colombia's Permanent Representative at the UN, Alfonso Valdivieso, will read a statement expressing support to the mission of good offices of the UN Secretary General and his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, expressing regret for not finding an agreement in Copenhagen and calling on the parties to continue negotiations to sign an agreement by the end of February.

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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