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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 02-11-06

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] Eckhard: Annan is considering his options for Cyprus
  • [02] Rasmussen: accession negotiations to be completed, EU could give date to Turkey

  • [01] Eckhard: Annan is considering his options for Cyprus

    2110:CYPPRESS:20 Eckhard: Annan is considering his options for Cyprus By Apostolis Zoupaniotis United Nations, Nov 6 (CNA) The UN Secretary-General is considering his options and he is not ready to make a decision, said UN Spokesman, Fred Eckhard.

    Kofi Annan however realises time is short, Eckhard added while replying to questions during the daily press briefing.

    Referring to Tuesdays meeting, Eckhard said Annan met with his Special Advisor, noting that Alvaro De Soto had given the Secretary-General a thorough briefing on his recent round of consultations. It is then, he said, for me to take the next decision on the next steps, on where we can go, Eckhard quoted Annan as saying.

    To a question by CNA, Eckhard said Annan has received letters from the US, UK and the EU presidency concerning Cyprus.

    According to well-informed sources, the UN Secretary-General has not taken a final decision on what his next move will be. However, based on what was discussed during yesterdays meeting with his Special Advisor, Alvaro de Soto, and the new assurances he has received from the US that Turkish military officers will be helpful on the Cyprus problem, Annan is inclined to submit the plan for a Cyprus settlement next week, if the message from Ankara is confirmed by the UN too.

    The plan will be given to the two sides in Cyprus together with a letter-invitation by the Secretary-General as a sign of good will and intensification of efforts, to sign an agreement by the Copenhagen European Council.

    Diplomatic sources said the procedure would not stop due to Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktashs health. He is recuperating in New York, following open-heart surgery on October 7.

    [02] Rasmussen: accession negotiations to be completed, EU could give date to Turkey

    2130:CYPPRESS:21 Rasmussen: accession negotiations to be completed, EU could give Turkey a date By Nicos Bellos Brussels, Nov 6 (CNA) - The European Union could give a date to Turkey to start accession negotiations with the European Union, but only under strict preconditions to satisfy the political criteria, said Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, whose country chairs the EU rotating Presidency.

    Informing Euro MPs on the results of the Brussels European Council held 24-25 October, Rasmussen referred to the ten candidate countries, among them Cyprus, and assured that accession negotiations will be completed before or during the Copenhagen European Council of December 12-13.


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