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Clerides' reply to Annan not expected today
2002-12-23 14:54:22

Nicosia, Dec 23 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides is not expected to reply today in writing to a letter by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on his good offices mission with regard to Cyprus, CNA has learned.

Clerides conferred this morning with his close aides, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Attorney General Alecos Markides, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou and Undersecretary to the President Pantelis Kouros.

''There is still time'' to convey the reply a well-informed source has said.|

In his letter of 18 December, the SG expresses his determination to see the peace talks continue, in spite of the failure to reach a settlement prior to the European Union summit, which took place in Copenhagen 12-13 December.

Annan said the second target date of 28 February 2003 for achieving a comprehensive settlement can still be met and should be observed and noted that this necessitates intensive negotiations during the first two months of January 2003.

The SG said that his revised proposal on a comprehensive settlement remains on the table and points to the need for a clear road map.

In a note, attached to the letter, Annan outlined three areas that need to be addressed without delay if a comprehensive settlement is to be achieved by 28 February.

These he identifies as agreement on substantive issues, agreement and completion of the text on security issues and the completion of the text on technical issues.

CNA MK/MM/2002

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