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    SG/SM/8524
    28 November 2002

    SECRETARY-GENERAL REQUESTS COMMENTS FROM CYPRUS
    LEADERS ON SUGGESTED BASIS FOR AGREEMENT ON
    COMPREHENSIVE SETTLEMENT

    NEW YORK, 27 November (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General yesterday sent letters to the Greek Cypriot leader, H.E. Mr. Glafcos Clerides, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, H.E. Mr. Rauf Denktash.

    He asked each leader to make known to his Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, by Saturday, 30 November 2002, their comments, suggestions or requests on his suggested basis for agreement on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, so as to enable the process to move forward.

    Meanwhile, the Secretary-General has today received a reply from Mr. Denktash to his earlier letter of 11 November. This letter is being studied, but it does confirm that Mr. Denktash is prepared to negotiate on the basis of the proposal attached to the Secretary-General’s letter of 11 November.

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